Best College for You: How to Find the Right Fit and Save Big Money [With CDROM]


The perfect college matches your interests and abilities, plus saves you thousands in tuition. Step by step, this book explains how to find the right school that's affordable, too.

Simplify Your College Search with Proven Strategies

Use the timelines and strategies of ...

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The perfect college matches your interests and abilities, plus saves you thousands in tuition. Step by step, this book explains how to find the right school that's affordable, too.

Simplify Your College Search with Proven Strategies

Use the timelines and strategies of private college consultants for a smooth college admissions process. This eye-opening guide empowers you to

Start your college search at the right time.

Identify your best-fit college.

Predict where you will be accepted and succeed.

Obtain the best financing and financial aid.

And much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593576172
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 954,363
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Streamline the College Selection Process and Get the Best Financial Aid iii

Introduction vii

Part I High School Classes and Tests: The First Steps Toward the Best College for You 1

Chapter 1 Where Do You Start? 1

Chapter 2 What About Your Schedule? 9

Chapter 3 What Should You Do During Your Freshman Year? 15

Chapter 4 What Should You Do During Your Sophomore Year? 21

Chapter 5 What Should You Do During Your Junior Year? 27

Chapter 6 What Should You Do Before Your Senior Year? 33

Chapter 7 What Should You Do During Your Senior Year? 38

Chapter 8 What Are AP and IB Classes? 45

Chapter 9 Should You Earn College Credits in High School? 50

Chapter 10 How Are the ACT and SAT Different? 56

Chapter 11 Should You Take the PSAT, ACT, SAT, or ASVAB? 63

Chapter 12 How Can You Improve your Chances of Doing Well on the ACT or SAT? 70

Chapter 13 Are Standardized Tests Fading in Importance? 76

Chapter 14 What Are Some Test-Taking Strategies? 83

Chapter 15 How Can Parents Help Hight School Students in the College Preparation Process? 88

Part II Starting the Search for the Best College for You 96

Chapter 16 Who Can Be Successful in College? 97

Chapter 17 What Are College Looking for in a Student? 102

Chapter 18 What Are the Best Choices for You? 108

Chapter 19 How Do Your Begin Selecting a College? 114

Chapter 20 What Are the Differences Among Junior Colleges, State Universities, and Private Colleges? 119

Chapter 21 Do You Want to Attend College in Your Home State? 125

Chapter 22 What Are the Levels of Colleges? 129

Chapter 23 What Is the Timeline for a College Search? 135

Chapter 24 What Can You Learn from College Guides? 142

Chapter 25 What AreSome Important Details to Learn About a College? 148

Chapter 26 What Are Seven Reasons to Not Pick a College? 154

Chapter 27 What Is the Role of the Counselor? 159

Chapter 28 What Are Some Trends in College Admissions? 165

Chapter 29 How Can You Get a Good Letter of Recommendation? 170

Chapter 30 What Are the Most Popular College Majors? 176

Chapter 31 What If You Have a Learning Disability? 182

Part III College Visits: A Key Step in Finding the Best School for You 188

Chapter 32 When Should You Visit Colleges? 189

Chapter 33 Which Colleges Should You Visit First? 193

Chapter 34 What Should You Look for on a College Visit? 198

Chapter 35 What Should You Look for in Housing and the Cafeteria? 203

Chapter 36 What Should You Do at a College Interview? 206

Chapter 37 What Are Some Recent Changes on Campus? 211

Chapter 38 What Can You Learn from Viewbooks, Brochures, and Magazines? 215

Chapter 39 What Is a College Catalog and How Should You Best Use It? 218

Part IV Applying to the Best Colleges for You 222

Chapter 40 How and When Do You Choose a Major? 223

Chapter 41 What Are Some Sources to Help You Decide on a Major? 226

Chapter 42 Why Should You Apply Early and Often? 231

Chapter 43 How Can You Increase Your Chances of Acceptance? 237

Chapter 44 When Would You Use a Resume? 241

Chapter 45 How Should You Organize Your Resume? 245

Chapter 46 Where Are You Most Likely to Get a Scholarship? 250

Chapter 47 What Are Some Common Mistakes Made in Searching for a College? 254

Chapter 48 Are You a Candidate for a Military Academy? 261

Chapter 49 What Are Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Admission? 266

Chapter 50 How Can You Prepare for Writing Essays? 271

Chapter 51 When and Why Will You Be Writing Essays? 275

Chapter 52 What Do Colleges Want to See in Essays? 278

Part V How You Can Afford the Best College for You 283

Chapter 53 How Can You Save Money for College? 284

Chapter 54 Can You Afford College? 290

Chapter 55 What Are Scholarships, Grants, Financial Aid, Loans, and Work-Study? 294

Chapter 56 Where Can You Find Scholarships? 299

Chapter 57 Should You Attend a Scholarship Weekend? 304

Chapter 58 How Are Scholarships Applied to College Costs? 307

Chapter 59 Are There Guaranteed Scholarships? 310

Chapter 60 How Can an Athlete Obtain a Scholarship? 313

Chapter 61 Can Arrests Affect Your College Opportunities? 317

Chapter 62 Are Three Other Ways to Lose Scholarships? 321

Chapter 63 How Can You Increase Your Chances for Receiving a Good Financial Aid Package? 327

Chapter 64 What Are the Differences Among Student Loans? 333

Chapter 65 What Should You Know About the FAFSA? 337

Chapter 66 What Is an EFC? 342

Chapter 67 What Is an Award Letter? 347

Chapter 68 Which Award Letter Is Best? 353

Chapter 69 What Do You Need to Fill Out the FAFSA? 357

Chapter 70 Why Is the Timing of the FAFSA Filing Important? 361

Chapter 71 How Can Enlisting in the Military Help You Pay for College? 365

Chapter 72 What Are Some College Scams to Watch For? 369

Appendix: Using the Best College for You CD-ROM 372

Index 375

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