Law aims to give more accurate tally of college costs

Now, due to a federal law that kicks in on Oct. 29, there's an online tool required on college websites — a net price calculator — intended to to help give students and families a more accurate estimate of real costs.

It's not hard for prospective college students and their parents to learn basic tuition, room and meal plan costs from university websites. But the actual bill can be a lot different.

Law aims to give more accurate tally of college costs