How to Go to College Almost for Free

ISBN-10: 0060937653

ISBN-13: 9780060937652

Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Ben Kaplan

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Make your educational dreams come true! Worried about how to pay for college? Afraid of drowning in a sea of student debt? Sure, Ben Kaplan once felt that way too. But that was before he discovered that there are billions of scholarship dollars out there for students with all types of interests, skills, and backgrounds. After winning enough college cash to cover virtually the entire cost of his dream school, he's written an indispensable guide that shows you how to stake your own scholarship claim. Now in this fully revised and updated edition, Ben distills his proven step-by-step game plan that positions you to win big money for college -- regardless of your age, GPA, financial situation, or family background. With humor and insight, he reveals insider secrets for successfully finding, applying for, and winning lucrative scholarship awards -- empowering you with the information, inspiration, and know-how to afford the college of your choice and realize your educational dreams. Special Note: As a valued reader of this book, you also receive access to the Coach's Locker Room at Ben Kaplan's ScholarshipCoach.com website. The Coach's Locker Room provides a wealth of bonus material, updates to information contained in How to Go to College Almost for Free, question and answer postings, and other helpful resources.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

<p class="biography" <b Ben Kaplan</b writes about running and music for the <i National Post</i and Forbes.com. Born in Brooklyn, he has worked as a staff writer at <i GQ</i and <i New York</i magazine. He lives in Toronto.</p

"The Game"
Let the Games Begin!
How the Game Is Played
The Big, Bad World of Financial Aid
Exploding Seven Scholarship Myths
Demystifying the Lingo
Need Versus Merit
Other Forms of Financial Aid
The Importance of Merit-Based Awards
Chapter 1 Summary and Keywords
Rules of the Merit Money Game
A Game for Everyone
The Scholarship Funders
The Scholarship Administrators
Application Judges
Targeted Scholarship Awards
Scholarship Application Components
Steer Clear of (Most) Entry Fees
Spending Your Merit Scholarships
Chapter 2 Summary and Keywords
What Parents Can Do to Help
Seven Ways Parents Can Help
Helping with Scholarship Searching
Strategizing with Your Kids
Providing Research Assistance
Keeping Things Organized
Being a Good Sounding Board
Reviewing the Application
Giving Support and Encouragement
Chapter 3 Summary and Keywords
Getting Ready to Play
Finding Your Own Pot of Gold
The Scholarship Rainbow
Five Principles of Scholarship Searching
Ten "Show Me the Money" Action Steps
Assemble Your Scholarship Search Tools
Tap Into Your School's Resources
Search Scholarship Databases
Politely Raid Other Schools' Resources
Canvas Your Community
Seek Out Government Sources
Pursue All Personal and Family Affiliations
Apply Effective Internet Search Techniques
Uncover School-Specific Awards
Seek Out Related Organizations
Chapter 4 Summary and Keywords
Strategies That Give You the Edge
Painting Your Own Portrait
Knowing the Person
The Painter's Touch
Employing Your Theme
Nine Winning Themes
Finding Your Theme
Chapter 5 Summary and Keywords
Positioning Strategies
Scoring Points
Considering Your Competitors
Ten Universal Judging Criteria
Chapter 6 Summary and Keywords
Content Strategies
Scholarship Bodybuilding
Analyzing Depth and Width
The Essential Content Strategies
All About Academics
Chapter 7 Summary and Keywords
When the Whistle Blows
A Winning Game Plan
Eight Principles of Effective Scholarship Campaigns
Chapter 8 Summary and Keywords
Essay Excellence
Five Principles of Winning Essays
Spanning Topics and Recycling Essays
Finding Your Own Voice
Getting in the Flow
Honing Your Essay
Advice for Specific Topics
Short Answer Questions
Chapter 9 Summary and Keywords
Glowing Recommendation Letters
In Search of Perfect Recommendations
Star Witnesses
Five "Great Recommendation" Action Steps
Qualities of a Great Letter
Chapter 10 Summary and Keywords
Filling in the Blanks
Paperwork Prowess
The Stat Sheet
Activity Lists
Awards and Honors Lists
The Transcript
Additional Materials
Mailing Your Application
Chapter 11 Summary and Keywords
Acing the Interview
Interview Mastery
Preparing for the Interview
The Big Day
The Main Event
Chapter 12 Summary and Keywords
When the Buzzer Sounds
Parting Shots
The Home Stretch
Keeping Track of Your Winnings
Using Testing to Slash College Costs
What We've Learned
The Appendices
Scholarship Coach Search Profile Worksheet
State Agency Contacts
ScholarshipCoach.com Keyword Master List
Index
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