NEW CONCORD -- "How much is an education really going to cost?" This question is among the most important faced by college students and their parents. "Unfortunately, most students don't receive final information about costs until the very end of the college search process," said Jeff Zellers, vice president for enrollment at Muskingum University. "So it is difficult to know whether to explore a particular institution when the cost question is such an unknown.""Muskingum University can do better than that," said Beth DaLonzo, senior director of admission and student financial services at Muskingum. "We have a way to help you out by providing tools to estimate the cost of a high-quality education, well in advance of the formal financial aid process. Those tools allow prospective student to estimate their financial aid eligibility and potential costs at Muskingum University."The "Commitment and Family Cost Estimator," a look-up table, is a quick and easy way to get a general estimate of the cost to attend Muskingum. The "Net Price Calculator" involves a more thorough look at a student's individual circumstances with questions that mirror the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). "We want to emphasize that these tools are designed to provide an estimate of financial aid and costs. The results are as accurate as the information that is provided. The estimate applies only for the upcoming academic year, though financial aid awards usually remain consistent throughout a student's career if family financial circumstances remain about the same," said Zellers. The "Commitment and Family Cost Estimator" and the "Net Price Calculator" are located at the university's website at www.muskingum.edu/home/financialaid/commitnpc.html. The estimator and price calculator can also be accessed by visiting Muskingum's main website, www.muskingum.edu, and clicking on Financial Aid on that page's right side.Muskingum's history of demystifying the financial aid process includes its innovative $4,000 price reduction in 1996. For information, contact the Muskingum University Office of Student Financial Services at 1-800-752-6082.