The accuracy of the information you provide affects the accuracy of your estimated results. In order to ensure best results, please understand the following:

  • Calculations are based on a student entering Stanford in fall 2018.

  • This calculator works best if you enter values from completed 2016 federal income tax returns. If your tax return is not available, you can use estimated figures but the results may not be as reliable.

  • Tax-related losses and depreciation allowed in tax law do not reduce total income used to calculate eligibility for aid. (You will be asked to add those losses back in after reporting Adjusted Gross Income.)

  • The calculator is intended for U.S. citizens and permanent residents (students otherwise eligible for federal aid). International students living in the United States may use the calculator to estimate the expected parent contribution. The calculation may not be appropriate for those living outside of the United States.

  • It is not designed to calculate contributions for students whose natural parents do not live in the same household because they are divorced, separated, remarried or never married; Stanford determines both a custodial and non-custodial parental contribution in these cases. If either parent is remarried, we consider the step-parent's contribution in our official needs analysis. You can use the calculator to estimate an expected contribution for each parent by going through the calculation twice.