Section 508: Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator

As many of you know there is a provision in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2009 that requires higher education institutions to have a Net Price Calculator available on the internet in 2011. The U.S. Department of Education has provided an application to help institutions generate code files to meet this baseline requirement, however there is a big problem:

The U.S. Department of Education provided template IS NOT Section 508 compliant.

This could be an issue for many institutions depending on state laws, funding requirements as well as pending federal legislation. The U.S. Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator (NPC) template was designed to be compatible with as many different web servers as possible. This decision meant the logic is programed entirely in JavaScript. Unfortunately having logic entirely in JavaScript is NOT Section 508 compliant. This fact is important to keep in mind when choosing a solution to meet federal requirements.

A live example of a 508 Compliant Net Price Calculator/Financial Need Calculator can be seen here.

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