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ISBN-10: 0764554670

ISBN-13: 9780764554674

Edition: 2003

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This straightforward guide walks prospective college students through the process of finding scholarships, grants and other 'free money' to use towards college expenses.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

David Rosen is a management consultant, writer, and teacher.Caryn Mladen is a consultant, writer, educator, and lawyer.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
The Process, the Players, and the Possibilities
Finding Free Money: How Can I Make It Happen?
Getting Paid to Go to School
Assembling Your Materials in One Place
Taking Action
Looking at the Documents
Understanding Application Timelines
The Nitty-Gritty of Receiving Free Money
Waddaya Mean I Don't Get the Money?
Working for Your Free Money
Did You Mention a Free Lunch?
Recognizing the Realities: What Can You Truly Expect?
Who Gets Free Money?
The Need to Be Needy
Avoiding College Aid Scams
Scam Busters of America
Spotting Scholarship Scams
How and Why Scams Work
Protecting Yourself from Scams
Taking Action If You Get Taken for a Ride
Getting Your Due from Uncle Sam
Getting Help From Your Federal Friends
A Crash Course in Federal Financial Aid
Federal Pell Grants
Completing the FAFSA
The Next Steps after Completing the FAFSA
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Getting Help from Federal Loans
Loans and Lending 101
Qualifying for Federal Loans
Footing the Bill with Stafford Loans
Letting Your Parents Borrow with PLUS Loans
Finding That Last Bit in Perkins Loans
Simplifying Your Life with Consolidation Loans
Signing Up for Other Federal Benefits
Giving Tuition Payers a Little Hope
Lifetime Learning Credits
Taxing Issues: You and the IRS
Tax Implications of Student Loans
Tuition and Fees Deduction
The Lowdown on Coverdell ESAs
Early Withdrawals from IRAs
About Education Savings Bond Programs
Looking Closer to Home: Free Money From Your State and Hometown
Getting Free $ from Your State
Understanding State Residency
Becoming Eligible for State-Based Aid
State-by-State Contacts
Trying Harder with Your State
Going for State Aid Even If the Feds Have Turned You Down
State-Sponsored Tuition Plans: Money for Those with Foresight
Going Local
Starting with the Basics
Expanding the Search
Local Search Tools
Scoping Out Free Money from Prospective Colleges
Getting a Better Deal on Tuition
Getting Accepted Is Just the Beginning
Tuition Discounts: Cha-Ching!
Other Ways Your College Can Help You Pay Less
The Ivy League: It's All about Need
Negotiating a Better Deal
How Do Colleges Decide How Much to Offer?
Qualifying for Merit Scholarships
Getting Free Money without SAT Scores of 1600 and a GPA of 4.0
What Scholarships Are Available?
Going Artsy: Scholarships Are Available for Fine Arts Students, Too!
Playing the Game: Understanding Athletic Scholarships
Introducing the NCAA
Athletic Scholarship Basics
Getting Started: Researching Your Sport
Thinking Like a Coach
The Scouting and Recruiting Process
Other Sources of Athletic Scholarships
Free Money for International Study ... and for International Students
Before You Go
Going Away? Get Free Money!
Coming to America? Get Free Money!
1 Didn't Think of That! Lots More Sources of Free Money
Getting Free Money from Organizations
Meet the Groups that Give Away Money
Why Would They Give Me Free Money?
Receiving Graciously (Will I Owe Anything if I Take Their Gift?)
Asking the Boss for Free Money
Free Money from a College?
I (or My Parents) Work for Uncle Sam. How Can I Get a Free Ride at College?
Will My Boss Send Me to College?
Joining Up: You're in the Army (or Navy or Air Force or Marines) Now
If You're In High School
Free Money for Dependents of Veterans
The Montgomery GI Bill
Staring into the Educational Crystal Ball
Costs Will Increase
Demand for Higher Education Will Rise
Some Colleges Will Merge or Close
Books, Computers, and Other Supplies Will Become Cheaper
The Traditional Classroom May Disappear
Scholarships Will Become More Privatized--and Personalized
Paperwork Will Get More Complicated
Paperwork Will Involve Less Paper
Resource Guide
Federal Resources
All Things Military
State Resources
College Organizations
Resources about Specific Topics
Private and Corporate Resources
The Part of Tens
The Ten Best Ways to Get Free Money for College
Do Well in School
Take the Tests
Take the Right Courses
Arrange Your Finances Strategically
Get Involved
Get to Know Important People
Prepare
Apply for Winnable Scholarships
Then, Apply For The Rest
Follow Up
Ten Places You May Not Think to Look for Free Money
Your School Guidance Counselor
National Honor Society
Miss America Pageant
Daughters of the American Revolution
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Urban League
Organization of Chinese Americans
American Indian Graduate Center
Ten College Payment Plans That Just Don't Work
Assuming Your Parents Will Take Care of College for You
Planning to Take Out Student Loans and Then Declare Bankruptcy after You Graduate
Depending On Getting an Athletic Scholarship
Figuring You're Soooooo Smart, Colleges Will Be Begging for You
Planning to Work for a Year before College to Save Up
Working During College to Pay Your Expenses
Applying for Only the Scholarships You Need to Cover Expenses
Trying to Apply for Every Scholarship for which You Qualify
Paying Someone Else to Do Your Work
Plan? What Plan?
Ten Things Colleges Don't Tell You
Colleges Are Businesses
First-Year Discounts May Disappear
Tuition Fees Will Rise
Scholarship Funding May Fall
Some Loan Interest Charges Start Accumulating Immediately
You Have to Reapply for Scholarships Every Year
Missing Financial Aid Deadlines Can Be Expensive
Some Scholarship Money Is Taxable
If Your Sibling Leaves College, Your Aid Will Likely Drop
It Costs to Transfer Between Colleges
Glossary
Index
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