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For Spanish-Speaking Parents of College Hopefuls, a New Tool to Forecast College Costs

Wellesley is the first liberal arts college to offer Spanish-language estimates of expected costs, taking into account financial aid

WELLESLEY, Mass., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wellesley College has released a new, Spanish-language version of its groundbreaking college cost estimator. My inTuition: Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator asks just six basic financial questions before providing a personalized estimate of an individual's college costs; it free and available en Español at www.wellesley.edu/estimadordecostos or in English at www.wellesley.edu/costestimator.

Wellesley is among the first selective, private colleges in the U.S. to forecast the cost of attendance incorporating financial aid. It is the only school in this category to provide simplified forecasts in either Spanish or English. This represents the College's latest effort in a long-standing commitment to access and affordability.

More than 15,000 people have used the estimator since it was released in September. Professor Phillip B. Levine, inventor of the tool, hopes that the Spanish-language version will allow more people to benefit from the clarity it offers. "Many elite colleges like Wellesley are committed to educating smart, talented students, regardless of their ability to pay. Our cost estimator spells out loud and clear: 'If your daughter is right for Wellesley, we might be your most affordable option.'"

Camila Diaz '15, a junior economics major at Wellesley, translated My inTuition. Diaz, who hails from the Bronx, New York and is attending Wellesley on full scholarship, believes that the tool will be useful to future college hopefuls and their families.  

"It is incredibly easy to use, and it asks for information that our parents usually have on hand, so they don't have to dig up tax returns just to have an estimate of what it would cost to come to Wellesley," Diaz said. "I know that this would have been incredibly helpful when my friends and I were applying to college, especially to try to convince our parents to not just look at the +$50,000 price tags, but to focus more on each of the schools we were looking at and what they had to offer." 

About Wellesley College
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been the preeminent liberal arts college for women. Wellesley, home to students from every state and 75 countries, is known for intellectual rigor and a remarkable track record for the cultivation of women leaders.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sofiya Cabalquinto or Anne Yu at mediarelations@wellesley.edu, 781-283-3321

SOURCE Wellesley College




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