College Solution A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price

ISBN-10: 0132365707
ISBN-13: 9780132365703
Edition: 2008
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Description: For millions of teenagers and their families, getting into the right college, and paying for it, has become and incredibly stressful process. And with college costs far exceeding the inflation rate, it becomes more stressful every year. Most books  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 6/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

For millions of teenagers and their families, getting into the right college, and paying for it, has become and incredibly stressful process. And with college costs far exceeding the inflation rate, it becomes more stressful every year. Most books on the subject dont help: they focus on the 1% of students wholl get into the nations most selective universities. Finally, theres a book for everyone else. InThe College Solution, Lynn OShaughnessy presents an easy-to-use roadmap to finding the right college program (not just the most hyped) and dramatically reducing the cost of college. OShaughnessy shows how to get beyond the rankings, and evaluate what really matters: the quality and value of the programs your child wants and needs. Next, she shares "industry secrets" on how colleges really parcel out financial aid and how even "average" students can maximize their share. Youll discover how colleges have dramatically changed the way they do business in ways that many high school counselors havent yet recognized. Using this books strategies, youll learn how to send your kids to expensive private schools for virtually the cost of an in-state public college and how promising kids can pay significantly less than the "sticker price" even at the nations flagship state universities. No other book offers this much practical guidance on choosing and paying for college and no other book will save you as much money!

Foreword
Introduction
Capturing Financial Aid
Where Is the $$$?
Looking for Cash in the Right Places
Using Financial Aid Tools
Financial Aid in the Real World
A Peek Inside a Financial Aid Office
Winning the Financial Aid Lottery
Maximizing Financial Aid
Maximizing Financial Aid, Part II
Appealing the Verdict
Capturing Tuition Discounts
The Race for Cash
The Inside Scoop on Merit Money
Academic Freebies
Creating a Buzz
Playing the Gender Card
Finding Great Academic Fits
The Hidden Truth
The Knock Against U.S. News & World Report
The Rankings Antidote
Research Made Easy
Grading Academic Departments
Grading Academic Departments, Part II
The Value of Undergraduate Research
Grading Professors
Overlooked Academic Choices
Stop Hyperventilating
The Allure of Liberal Arts Colleges
What Makes Public Liberal Arts Colleges Special
Teaching Versus Research
Learning in a Crowd
Exploring Community Colleges
Considering a Community College
Why Community Colleges Are Popular
Is Your Local Community College Any Good?
Getting Credit for Your Work
College Admissions Nuts & Bolts
Knowing When to Do What
Grading College Counselors
Ditching the SAT
Writing Your Way into College
Visiting Campuses
Acing the College Interview
Getting In at the Last Minute
College Diversity
Diversity Blueprint
Economizing for College
Shrinking the College Tab
Shrinking the College Tab, Part II
Freebies and Best Buys
Capturing Private Scholarships
Navigating the Student Loan Maze
The Student Loan Fiasco
Student Loan Primer
Disappearing Discounts
Private Loan Perils
Default Debacles
Maximizing College Accounts
A 529 Primer
College Investing Cheat Sheet
The Perils of Cashing Out College Accounts
Grading Financial Advisers
The Folks Back Home
Parents Behaving Badly
Getting Grandma to Help
The College Solution Chest Sheet
Resource Guide
Index

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