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

ISBN-10: 0132944677
ISBN-13: 9780132944670
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
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Description: For the 99% of families whose kids aren’t going to Harvard, Lynn O’Shaughnessy’sThe College Solutionis the #1 guide on choosing and paying for the right college. Now, O’Shaughnessy has completely updated this best-seller to reflect massive recent  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 4/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

For the 99% of families whose kids aren’t going to Harvard, Lynn O’Shaughnessy’sThe College Solutionis the #1 guide on choosing and paying for the right college. Now, O’Shaughnessy has completely updated this best-seller to reflect massive recent changes in college financing. O’Shaughnessy shows how to slash college costs today – and how many students can still go to “private” for virtually the cost of “in-state public.” This brand-new Second Edition reveals how to use new government-mandated online price calculators to make more intelligent cost projections than ever before. O’Shaughnessy explains dramatic changes in the student loan landscape, offering up-to-the-minute advice for getting the right loan, and avoiding the wrong one. She presents up-to-the-minute "industry secrets" about how colleges really parcel out financial aid – and how even “average” students can get more of it. Families will learn how to use colleges’ extensive new Facebook presences to evaluate schools more effectively… what every parent of an athlete must know about athletic scholarships… and how to make sure a college actually delivers the knowledge and skills it promises. O’Shaughnessy integrates this crucial new information into her easy-to-use, proven roadmap for getting past the ratings, and finding the right program at the right price. No other book offers this much practical guidance on choosing and paying for college now – and no other book will save you as much money!

Introduction
Shrinking the Cost of College
Making College More Affordable
Show Me the Money
The Colleges with the Best Financial Aid
Who Gets Financial Aid?
Winning the Educational Lottery
Calculating Your Expected Family Contribution
A Revolutionary Calculator
The Allure of Out-of-State Public Universities
Looking Across State Lines for a Bargain
Capturing Private Scholarships
Will Saving for College Hurt Your Financial Aid Chances?
Maximizing Financial Aid
More Ways to Shrink the Cost of College
Appealing the Verdict
Getting Grandma to Help
Increasing Your Admission Chances
Boosting Your Chances
Finding the Right Match
Ditching the Test
Showing a College Some Love
When Talent Is the Hook
The Realities of Athletic Scholarships
The Geographic Hook
Why Being Rich Helps
The Legacy Hook
Playing the Gender Card
Diversity Blueprint
The Asian Student Dilemma
Knowing Your Academic Choices
What's the Difference Between a College and a University?
The Ivy League Myth
What Is a Research University?
What University Professors Do
The Beauty of Liberal Arts CoUeges
What Is a Medium-Sized University?
Why Community Colleges Are Popular
Nine Ways to Generate College Ideas
Evaluating the Academics
Are Students Really Learning?
What's Wrong with US News & World Report's College Rankings
The Right Way to Use College Rankings
College Rankings: An Alternative
The Hallmarks of a Student-Centered University
Staying in College Too Long
Grading Academic Departments
Kicking the Tires
Admission Nuts and Bolts
What You Need to Know About High School Counselors
What You Need to Know About Independent College Counselors
Knowing What to Do When
Writing Your Way Into College
Visiting College Campuses
Acing the College Interview
Transferring to a Different College
Getting Credit for Your Work
Borrowing for College
The Best Student Loans
Private College Loan Perils

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