The most important thing is to understand and compare the aid offers from each school. Start with the total cost of each school, including tuition, room and board, fees, meal plans, and books – then subtract the total amount of aid that is being offered by that school. This will leave you with your out-of-pocket costs for each school. You can then look at this out-of-pocket cost for each school and compare them to see what the better offer is. Use this information as one of many factors when considering which school you would like to attend.