1001 Ways to Pay for College: Practical Strategies to Make College Affordable

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Balancing detailed explanations with real-life examples and practical resources, this guide reveals a multitude of ways to finance higher education. Topics include how to find and win scholarships, negotiate with colleges for more financial aid, maximize assistance from state and federal governments, take advantage of educational tax breaks, and benefit from government-subsidized student loans. Also included are creative strategies such as starting profitable dorm-room enterprises, trading tuition costs for ...

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Overview

Balancing detailed explanations with real-life examples and practical resources, this guide reveals a multitude of ways to finance higher education. Topics include how to find and win scholarships, negotiate with colleges for more financial aid, maximize assistance from state and federal governments, take advantage of educational tax breaks, and benefit from government-subsidized student loans. Also included are creative strategies such as starting profitable dorm-room enterprises, trading tuition costs for volunteer service, and canceling debts with loan repayment programs. This book is designed to aid high school, college, adult, and graduate school students and their parents.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965755689
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the coauthors of Get into Any College, Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays, and Get Free Cash for College. They live in Palo Alto, California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Many Ways To Pay For College 13
There's more than one way to pay for college 14
The right psychology 16
Chapter 2 Find A Scholarship 19
How to find a scholarship 20
Backyard scholarships 22
Service clubs 23
Religious organizations 31
Unions 34
Hit up your employer 43
Get cash from your professional sports teams 44
Scholarships from your extracurricular activities 45
College financial aid offices 48
Search your community newspaper for past winners 50
Search beyond your backyard 51
Scholarship websites 51
Big business 54
Professional associations 59
Don't ignore scholarship books 73
Double your scholarship with Dollars for Scholars 74
Awards based on race and ethnicity 75
Awards for disabilities 82
Athletic scholarships 90
Don't let colleges take away your money 93
Offbeat scholarships 94
Chapter 3 Contests For Students 97
Do you feel lucky? 98
Contests for writers and poets 98
Contests for performing arts 104
Contests for artists 108
Contests of chance 109
Chapter 4 Guaranteed Scholarships 113
Guaranteed scholarships do exist 114
National Merit scholarships 114
GPA and test-based scholarships 115
Scholarships for transfer students 116
State entitlement awards 117
Get in-state tuition 118
Take advantage of residency agreements 119
Chapter 5 Reward Programs For Students 121
Save money by spending money 122
Upromise 123
BabyMint 124
EdExpress 125
Stockback 126
Chapter 6 Save For College 127
Save for college 128
The Coverdell Education Savings Account 129
How to open a Coverdell 131
The 529 Savings Plan 133
What to consider before choosing a 529 Savings Plan 136
Beware of the pitfalls of 529 Savings Plans 137
States that allow contribution deductions 137
Prepaid College Tuition Plans 138
List of state 529 Savings and Prepaid Tuition Plans 140
Consider transferring a custodial account to a 529 Plan 164
Jump-start your 529 Plan with a super gift 165
Independent 529 Savings Plan 165
Compare Coverdell, 529 and Prepaid Tuition Plans 166
Take advantage of both Coverdell and 529 Savings Plans 168
Government savings bonds 169
Individual Development Account program 170
Gift money for college 171
Invest for college 172
Save money every day 177
Chapter 7 Tax Breaks For Students 181
Get your tax dollars back 182
Timing is everything 182
The $1,500 Hope tax credit 183
Take the Hope tax credit qualification test 185
The $2,000 Lifetime Learning credit 186
Choose your tax credit wisely 188
Don't carelessly miss getting your credit 189
Deduct your tuition and fees 190
Deduct student loan interest 192
Tax-free educational benefits from your employer 192
Cash in government bonds tax-free 193
Money-saving benefits of scholarships and fellowships 194
Chapter 8 Maximize Financial Aid 197
Get your share of federal financial aid 198
FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE 199
Learn how to qualify for financial aid 200
How Expected Family Contribution is determined 201
A quick estimate of your Expected Family Contribution 206
How to determine your financial need 207
Lower your Expected Family Contribution 208
Keep your child poor 208
Consider deferring bonuses and raises 211
Time stock sales 212
Build your 401k and IRA accounts 213
Complete the financial aid application 214
Use estimates if you haven't finished your taxes 214
Use the financial aid application as an insurance policy 216
Work with the financial aid office 217
Don't hide the dirty laundry 218
Give the college a reason to give more money 219
Don't ever try to trick the college 219
How the financial aid is packaged makes a difference 220
Compare and accept financial aid 222
If you need more aid ask for a re-evaluation 223
Chapter 9 Asking For More Financial Aid 225
How to ask for more money 226
Present any special circumstances 227
Don't wait for something bad to happen if you know it will 228
Play one college off another college 228
Example of a successful financial aid reassessment 231
Chapter 10 Avoid Financial Aid Scams 233
Keep your money safe 234
Common scams 235
General red flags 238
Chapter 11 Get Your State To Pay 241
Get money from your state government 242
Robert Byrd Honors Scholarship Program 244
Directory of state aid programs 244
Chapter 12 Borrow Money For College 265
Borrow money 266
The Federal Perkins Loan 266
The Federal Stafford Loan 267
The Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students 268
The Nursing Student Loan 268
Lower your monthly payments with a Consolidation loan 270
Choose a loan that offers the best "borrower benefits" 271
Save money by paying off your loans as early as possible 274
Put loan payments on hold with deferment 274
Private loans 277
Use your home equity to pay for college 278
Borrow from your whole-life insurance policy 279
Borrow money from rich relatives 280
Get emergency cash from your college 282
Chapter 13 Loan Forgiveness Programs 283
Loan forgiveness and scholarships for service 284
National programs 285
State loan forgiveness programs 292
Chapter 14 Military Options 339
Soldier your way to an education 340
ROTC 340
The Montgomery G.I. Bill 343
State-sponsored National Guard benefits 344
Military academies 345
Earn credit for your military training 347
Special military scholarships 349
Chapter 15 Save Money While In College 359
Save the money you already have 360
Put yourself on the envelope budget 361
Use credit cards responsibly 361
Save your pennies 362
Never buy a new textbook 363
Shop like a senior citizen 363
Use a phone card 364
Don't go crazy with the meal plan 366
Get free food 367
Commute to college 370
Trim your rent 371
Live in a co-op 372
Use your parents' health insurance until the very end 373
Chapter 16 Make Your College Cheaper 375
Cheapen your college, not your education 376
Get started at a less expensive school 376
Go to your state school 377
Save money with a reciprocity agreement 378
Consider the blue light special bargain schools 380
Attend a tuition-free college 381
Earn college credit to graduate early 382
Graduate early with summer school 387
Take the maximum number of credits 388
Give yourself a tuition break 389
Get a two-for-one tuition deal 389
Take advantage of tuition remission 390
Save money with an alumni referral 391
Chapter 17 Be A Dorm Room Entrepreneur 393
Launch your dorm room empire 394
Sell to your dorm 395
Harness your brain power 398
Turn school work into school green 401
Monetize your hobbies and passions 402
Hock your youth 404
Sell to mom and dad 406
Cash in on your talents and skills 408
Serve your professors 411
Give the community what it wants 413
Chapter 18 Internships & Part-Time Jobs 415
Work for your education 416
Internships and jobs on the Net 417
The best internships and part-time jobs 418
Chapter 19 Be A Part-Time Student 431
Work and study at the same time 432
Night school isn't just to get your high school diploma 432
Adult education is a bargain 433
Extension programs let you work and study 434
Explore distance learning options 436
Don't get a degree when a certificate will do 437
Chapter 20 Opportunities For Adult Students 439
Special resources for adult students 440
Low-cost childcare 443
Scholarships just for adult students 443
Chapter 21 Opportunities For Graduate Students 451
Special opportunities for graduate school 452
Your school is the best source for fellowship aid 454
Outside fellowships 455
Research grants 467
Get paid to step into a classroom 471
Enter an academic contest 472
Employer-paid education 474
Chapter 22 Conclusion 475
Onward to your future 476
Index 479
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