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Filled with sensible guidance and succinct definitions, these two volumes deftly untangle the baffling knot of information surrounding financial preparation for college. After a foreword by Brad Barnett (financial aid office, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.), 12 prefatory essays comprising easy-to-follow headings and bulleted points offer sage advice for postsecondary and graduate-level educational planning. Two time lines give realistic chronologies of the practical preparations to be made during each year of a student's high school career. The set's expansive directory of more than 3300 entries is divided into 11 broadly defined, alphabetically organized majors and includes contact names, web sites, and full organizational descriptions. Extremely well organized, comprehensive, and highly accessible; recommended for all public and scholastic library collections.
—Savannah Schroll Guz