Debt-Free U How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents

ISBN-10: 1591842980
ISBN-13: 9781591842989
Edition: 2010
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Description: "I'm a 21 year old student at a large public university. What do I know? Maybe I'm just rationalizing the fact that I'm attending a so-so public college! You'd have to be out of your mind to take my word for anything! But what you should do is look  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/31/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"I'm a 21 year old student at a large public university. What do I know? Maybe I'm just rationalizing the fact that I'm attending a so-so public college! You'd have to be out of your mind to take my word for anything! But what you should do is look at the data and draw your own conclusions. I will show you the results of some little-known studies that are likely to change the way you think about paying for college forever...I'll offer guidance and practical tips for ways to secure a better, more enjoyable, less stressful, and saner college experience for everyone involved. "A large portion of the advice in this book is hugely counterintuitive, but guess what? I'm living it. I'm not some ivory tower admissions guru spewing advice about how people should make one of the most important decisions of their lives, with no stake in the outcome." (from College on a Dime) College costs are rising at twice the rate of inflation-and much of that increase is being financed by parents looting retirement accounts and students burdening themselves with debt loads that will change the course of their financial lives. It doesn't have to be that way. Armed with data, experience, and a stiff dose of rational analysis Zac Bissonnette explains why so much of the "wisdom" about choosing and financing college is not only wrong but dangerous. In this book, he explains: -Why the name on your child's diploma means less for his future than you think it does. -Why student loans are the next great consumer crisis in America-and how to avoid it. -Why the myth of "fit" won't lead your child to a superior college experience. -Why scholarships and financial aid won't alleviate spiraling college costs-and what will. With a fresh approach to selecting, maximizing, and paying for college, Bissonnette gives parents practical, and often surprising, advice on how to help their kids get a champagne education on a beer budget. The do's and don'ts of college: Dorecognize that the amount your kids' friends' parents will be contributing to their educational expenses is likely far higher than it should be. Don'tlet someone tell you that student loans are not that big of a deal. Yes, they're normal, but so is being broke. Don'tfall in love with a college or let your child fall in love with one. Every college is a combination of great professors and lousy ones, cool students and not-so-cool ones. Most of all, dolook at college as a rational investment, not some silly coming of age ritual where money is no object.

Joel Greenblatt is the founder and a managing partner of Gotham Capital, a private investment partnership that has achieved 40% annualized returns since its inception in 1985. He is a professor on the adjunct faculty of Columbia Business School, the former chairman of the board of a Fortune 500 company, the cofounder of ValueInvestorsClub.com, and the author of "You Can Be a Stock Market Genius". Greenblatt holds a BS and an MBA from the Wharton School.Andrew Tobias is a financial columnist. He attended Harvard Business School. He currently writes a column for Money Angles, and his works have appeared in Time, New York Magazine, Esquire, Parade, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Money, and Worth. Tobias has appeared on television shows such as Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, Good Morning America and Face the Nation. He is the author of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need and received the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalist and the Consume Federation of America Media Service Award.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction The Four People You Meet When You Apply to College, and the Lies They Tell
How Much Can You Afford, and Where Will You Get the Money?
Student Loans and Stagnant Wages: A Dangerous Cocktail for Future Graduates
Does It Really Matter Where You Go to College? The Solution to the College Funding Nightmare
How to Make Any College an Ivy League College
Why Large Public Universities Are Better Than Private Colleges
The Community College Solution
Make Money, Prepare for a Career
How Your Child Can Save Money While He's in College
Invest in College-Town Real Estate
It's Not Just a Personal Finance issue: How to Solve the College Crisis
Conclusion
The Dos and Don'ts of Paying for College
Recommended Reading
Notes
Index

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