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In today's tough economy, a college degree is more important--and more expensive--than ever before. The Financial Aid Handbook is the definitive, one-stop guide to the college selection and payment process, covering everything from basic timelines and tuition costs to predicting your scholarship award from colleges and taking ownership of student debt after graduation. Fami In today's tough economy, a college degree is more important--and more expensive--than ever before. The Financial Aid Handbook is the definitive, one-stop guide to the college selection and payment process, covering everything from basic timelines and tuition costs to predicting your scholarship award from colleges and taking ownership of student debt after graduation. Families and students will appreciate the straightforward language, engaging explanations, and hundreds of tips to maximize their financial aid--the scholarship funds that come from the colleges themselves. No other book on the market teaches students and parents how to find real, four-year scholarships...and how to land them. The Financial Aid Handbook is the only book families will need to find the 
right college at the right price. The Financial Aid Handbook includes: The seven biggest myths about paying for college The ultimate guide to federal, state, and private student loans A step-by-step guide to completing the FAFSA and PROFILE How to predict scholarship dollars with the Merit Aid Profile, or MAP Profiles of selected schools with exceptional merit aid How to negotiate with the financial aid office.


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In today's tough economy, a college degree is more important--and more expensive--than ever before. The Financial Aid Handbook is the definitive, one-stop guide to the college selection and payment process, covering everything from basic timelines and tuition costs to predicting your scholarship award from colleges and taking ownership of student debt after graduation. Fami In today's tough economy, a college degree is more important--and more expensive--than ever before. The Financial Aid Handbook is the definitive, one-stop guide to the college selection and payment process, covering everything from basic timelines and tuition costs to predicting your scholarship award from colleges and taking ownership of student debt after graduation. Families and students will appreciate the straightforward language, engaging explanations, and hundreds of tips to maximize their financial aid--the scholarship funds that come from the colleges themselves. No other book on the market teaches students and parents how to find real, four-year scholarships...and how to land them. The Financial Aid Handbook is the only book families will need to find the 
right college at the right price. The Financial Aid Handbook includes: The seven biggest myths about paying for college The ultimate guide to federal, state, and private student loans A step-by-step guide to completing the FAFSA and PROFILE How to predict scholarship dollars with the Merit Aid Profile, or MAP Profiles of selected schools with exceptional merit aid How to negotiate with the financial aid office.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Don't even consider colleges until you read this book. Read it when your kid is a sophomore or a junior - don't wait until you have a senior, as I did. It gets a little redundant, but the message needs to be heard by all parents of kids going to college. The main message is this: it's a college recruiter's job to get your kid to apply to their college. If your kid is not in the upper quartile of applicants, they especially want your kid to fall in love with their college, because then your kid, Don't even consider colleges until you read this book. Read it when your kid is a sophomore or a junior - don't wait until you have a senior, as I did. It gets a little redundant, but the message needs to be heard by all parents of kids going to college. The main message is this: it's a college recruiter's job to get your kid to apply to their college. If your kid is not in the upper quartile of applicants, they especially want your kid to fall in love with their college, because then your kid, or you, or all of you will do whatever you need to to get your kid into that college, including holding your own future hostage or holding your kid's future hostage to huge loans. I was SO happy to know this when a recruiter from a desirable and selective private school called the other night "just to see if Adam has any questions." He receives at least one brochure/letter/gimmick mailing every week from this school. This is a school where my son would NOT fall into the upper quartile, and he would therefore receive little to no merit aid. Without that merit aid, we would pay almost full price, funding those in the upper quartile who get great merit aid. No thanks. Not even gonna apply there! As these authors make clear - a college degree is the new high school diploma, very few students come out and get a great job, and they need to not be hugely in debt when they leave as undergrads. Then when they graduate they can afford to travel, take a low-paying but fulfilling job, or go to graduate school. In other words, they will still be free and own their own lives. There. Now you don't have to read the book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    This book should be required reading for anyone considering going to college - I highly recommend it. And reading it sooner rather than later seems like a good thing to do. I still don't know how we'll do it, but the book gave me hope that somehow we might muddle through. Someone once told me that "you can always borrow for education, but you can't borrow for retirement" - but that advice always made me nervous because borrowing for anything is expensive. The authors of this book, both recommend This book should be required reading for anyone considering going to college - I highly recommend it. And reading it sooner rather than later seems like a good thing to do. I still don't know how we'll do it, but the book gave me hope that somehow we might muddle through. Someone once told me that "you can always borrow for education, but you can't borrow for retirement" - but that advice always made me nervous because borrowing for anything is expensive. The authors of this book, both recommend against borrowing more than 8k/yr - no one wants to burden their children with more than that.

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    Claudia Reinfelds

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