Thank you for your comments and advice, Anne-Laure! We will have to continue look into some additional prototyping options; also, the newest update to the app will be active at the same link tomorrow, which we are happy to say will include a few alumni quotes. Thank you again!
Thanks, Alexandra! I am interested in your suggestion of a "How to Pay" section! I think in our newest revise we sort of touched on that with the net cost calculator; I think that the calculator in some cases might show the exact source of financial aid, though I could see the usefulness of designing something that primarily informs about what is included. Thanks again for your comment!
You make a valid point with the major situation. We did consider that as a potential conflict, however, for this idea our mindset was that the way to make education more affordable is to make a program more functional: i.e. really more job-oriented. I would generally argue that someone who doesn't even know whether or not they can afford to attend college, at all, would only benefit from having a clear end goal (and job in mind afterward). That return on investment idea. There is the feeling that one needs to have financial security, in some sense, to be able to dither, as it appears un-doable for low income students in particular.
For the companies, as we mention, we believe it will be a useful tactic for them to get fresh blood without having to commit to hiring people. They can almost use it as their own pre-scanning of applicants in a sense. If they like them, they can offer them something after they graduate, if not, then there is no contract that they have to.
I hope this helps to explain some of our group's thoughts!