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1 An Introduction to Financial Aid 5
2 Federal Student Aid Programs 11
3 Getting Money for College 21
4 The College Essay 35
5 The Art of Winning Scholarships 50
6 The Hunt for Loans 58
7 The World of Grants 79
8 Congratulations! You Have Been Awarded Financial Aid 120
9 The Alternate Aid Route 127
10 Around the Globe 136
11 Working Along the Way 141
12 The Acting Connection 143
13 Investing Strategies 156
14 Resume Writing 178
15 Cyber Aid 201
16 Listing of Grant Directories 213
17 Useful Websites Every Financial Aid Seeker Should Know 217
18 Financial Aid Myths 238
19 Marketing Tips 242
"Finding the Money" is a fantastic resource. When I first glanced at Preethi Burkholder's "Finding the Money" I thought it would be a text-book type of directory. It is not. It is almost like reading different stories on financial aid, scholarship hunting, grantseeking, and finding loans. Very interesting to read. Not boring at all. Not too dense either.
Every chapter is written very clearly, giving tips on how to tap into financial resources that are out there. Preethi Burkholder also gives contact information of places that award grants, awards, and scholrships for individuals and organizations representing different fields. The focus of course is on artists, but this book is useful for others as well.
It is almost a reference guide, one that should be at your fingertips every day during your financial aid hunt. It has a long shelf life, and is not one of those books that you haev to discard after you read it through once. I consult it over and over again. Burkholder lists websites that gives thousands of places awarding grants. Before buying this book, I did not even know such websites existed.
I highly recommend this book. It is well worth it for the money. "Finding the Money" gave me confidence and helped me to believe in myself. It helped me to find money that was out there, money that no one ever told me about, money that I never knew existed. If you are looking for money, this is the book to buy.
Preethi Burkholder's "Finding the Money:The Complete Guide to Financial Aid for Musicians, Actors, Students, and Artists," was a purchase that I made, as a way of finding money for college for my child.It was the only resource that I needed- not only to get financial aid but also to get my own life on track.Not only does this excellent resource provide specific and useful information on how to get financial aid, but it also teaches stay at home mothers like me, single parents, out of work dads,unemployed individuals, and post-graduate professionals, on how to get awards,loans, and grants to improve their lives.Let's say you were working in the technology industry and just got laid off.You have no way of paying mortgage or health insurance.Preethi Burkholder's "Finding the Money" teaches you how to get an emergency grant that pays for your temporary living and medical expenses. She even lists specific places, including their e-mail contact information, on how to get a hold of them. This is ideal, for virtually every individual looking for money.
There are side bars,bulleted points, and statisical information, that break the monotony of writing.So, it is not a boring textbook type of publication.The publisher, which is McFarland Publishers, North Carolina, has laid it out in a way so that the written text is easy to read.
The intriguing and money-saving aspect of the book is this:once you buy a copy of Preethi Burkholder's "Finding the Money," you don't need another resource on the topic.I have read books where they teach you how to write grant proposals but then, I have to buy a second book to get a listing of places on where to apply for grants.Well,"Finding the Money" combines both.The writer explains how to write scholarhip essays, how to maximize your chances of writing an outstanding college essay, what to avoid in grant applications, how to apply for grants online, and where to get information on college aid Selective Service personnel.The author combines all this with specific listings of places that award money.For example, if you are a medical student looking for funding to do post graduate research, Preethi Burkholder gives listings of websites that provide such information.This saves you hundreds of hours of browsing through colossal grants directories that provide the same information.
There is more.
Preethi Burkholder says that no one is too rich, too poor, nor too backward to apply for aid. All it takes is persistence.The author herself had received plenty fo funding for college, which made it possible for her to come to the United States and get an undergraduate and graduate education.So, the author is writing from the heart. She knows what it is like to not have enough money to pursue a higher education.
"Finding the Money" also gives information on education investment plans like Coverdell, bonds, and 529 College plans. It teaches parents how they can invest their money wisely for college, when the kids are just toddlers.
Finding the money is excellent for:
- Parents who are seeking money to send kids to school
- Undergraduate and graduate students seeking money for education
- Out of work individuals looking for money to get back on their feet
- Individuals from any background, who are in need of temporary money to cover their living, medical, and food expenses
- Senior citizens looking for ways to invest tax free money
-Students, artists, and professinoals