The Discounts and Deals at the Nation's 360 Best Colleges: The Parent Soup Financial Aid and College Guide

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From Parent Soup, the leading Internet parenting site, comes the only book that reveals how the financial aid process really works today and how savvy families can pay less at the nation's best colleges.

Bruce Hammond shows how discounts and deals can reduce the "sicker price" at top colleges nationwide—even for families who would not have qualified for need-based aid in the past. Since the Justice Department broke up financial aid collaboration among the elite colleges in 1991,...

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Overview

From Parent Soup, the leading Internet parenting site, comes the only book that reveals how the financial aid process really works today and how savvy families can pay less at the nation's best colleges.

Bruce Hammond shows how discounts and deals can reduce the "sicker price" at top colleges nationwide—even for families who would not have qualified for need-based aid in the past. Since the Justice Department broke up financial aid collaboration among the elite colleges in 1991, and because of escalating competitive pressures, colleges now use financial aid to compete for students rather than merely to cover need. The relatively uniform system of aid that existed years ago is gone, replaced by one in which aid varies depending on the school's resources and its place in the market. Combining financial aid information with a detailed guide to the nation's 360 best college, the book reveals: which collegs offer the best need-based aid, which colleges give the biggest merid scholarships, how to qualify for scholarships and discounts, when and how to negotiate for a better aid package.

Discounts and Deals at the Nation's 360 Best Colleges cuts through the confusing world of financial aid with no-nonsense advice and insider lists and rankings. It is an indispensable resource for parents and students as they enter one of the most important times in their lives.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781582380308
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce G. Hammond counsels thousands of parents of college-bound students each year as the school and college expert at Parent Soup, part of the online community of iVillage.com, which attracts more than five million different visitors per month. He has been the editor-in-chief of The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, managing editor of The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and co-author of The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College. He is currently a college counselor at an independent school in Alburquerque, New Mexico, where he lives.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Inside the Aid Process 5
1 Separating Fact from Fiction 7
2 Behind the Ivy Facade 12
3 The College Application Portfolio 30
4 Getting Need-Based Aid 46
5 The Forms 66
6 Savvy Books and Links 86
7 College Planning Timeline 95
Pt. II Finding a College 103
8 A Road Map for the College Search 105
9 Lists and Rankings 112
Admission and Need-Based Aid 112
Sticker Price 118
The Scholarship Search 122
Colleges with the Most Money 135
10 The College Profiles 143
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