As many parents and students know, what a college initially says it will cost and what the bill ends up being can be two very different things.
NPR has built a nifty searchable database showing how sticker and actual prices vary by family income. That has a big influence on how many scholarships, grants and other financial aid a student receives.
Below are the results for some of Colorado's top schools. Prices for public schools reflect in-state tuition.
Colorado State University
University of Denver
School of Mines
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Check out NPR's database for cost estimates for more schools.