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Preface for Parents 11
Chapter 1 The Seven Biggest Myths About Paying for College 19
Chapter 2 The Basics 37
Chapter 3 Let's Talk About Debt 63
Chapter 4 You, Your Parents, and Their Money 85
Chapter 5 For Parents: You, Your Children, and Your Money 101
Chapter 6 Merit Aid and the MAP 125
Chapter 7 The Cost-Based College Search 143
Chapter 8 Everything You Need to Know Before You Hand in Your Paperwork 153
Chapter 9 Merit Aid and the Application 171
Chapter 10 Making the Choice: An Apples-to-Apples Comparison 189
Chapter 11 An Intentional Alternative Plan 203
Chapter 12 What's in a Name? Understanding Ratings and Rankings 207
Chapter 13 What Color Is Your Passport? Advice for International Students 213
The Financial Aid Handbook's Best Bets List: Selected Colleges and Universities That Meet Their Mission and Fund Their Favorites 221
About the Authors 285
Posted April 19, 2011
As parents of the three to educate, over the national/rational average of children, we read every book in sight when our first child prepared for college. If only we had this book then.fortunately, we have the it for the next two kids, one who is in and out of college while working, and the third soon to be college bound. We read the book and found that the kids actually eagerly zipped through it, too. The book packs the technical stuff with real world examples and direction. We intend to take their advice with the college search for child #3. Sandra and Ernest, WI
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Posted December 29, 2011
There are plenty of college financial aid books out there--but many of their authors seem to be pushing an idea that students should try to get into the most prestigious school they can, almost like college is a contest. This book is refreshing in its common-sense approach to making college affordable. The authors not only give sound advice on obtaining financial aid, but continually remind you that "status" colleges are not a good fit for many, many students (even if they can get in, and can afford them). They give advice for finding a college plan that's right for YOU, the student, and your family.
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