Paying for College: *Answers to All YOur Questions About Financial Aid, Tuition Payment Plans, and Everything Else YOu Need to Know

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Updated to include changes in financial aid as a result of landmark new legislation passed in fall 2007, Peterson's Paying for College, provides parents and students with straight, easy-to-understand answers to the most frequently asked questions about financial aid.  While most competitive books make unrealistic promises that they'll help you go to college for free, this book takes a more practical approach, recognizing that most American families will have to navigate the financial aid process and pay for ...

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Overview

Updated to include changes in financial aid as a result of landmark new legislation passed in fall 2007, Peterson's Paying for College, provides parents and students with straight, easy-to-understand answers to the most frequently asked questions about financial aid.  While most competitive books make unrealistic promises that they'll help you go to college for free, this book takes a more practical approach, recognizing that most American families will have to navigate the financial aid process and pay for college in some way.  As college costs continue to rise and borrowing becomes more difficult for many families, this book is particularly timely.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780768927146
  • Publisher: Peterson's
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Financial Aid: The Basics     1
Fast Facts     1
Just So I Understand, Financial Aid Is ...     2
Why Your Family Should Apply for Financial Aid     4
Details, Details: Forms and Paperwork     7
Fast Facts     7
The Need Equation     8
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid     9
CSS/PROFILE     16
Deadlines     16
How "They" Decide What You Pay     17
Last but Not Least     22
Getting Your Share of the Money     23
Fast Facts     23
U.S. Department of Education Programs     24
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Programs     45
U.S. Department of the Interior: Bureau of Indian Affairs Grants     48
Alternative Loan Programs     48
State Need-Based Aid     50
Institutional and Private Sources of Need-Based Aid     51
Repaying Student Loans     51
More Resources     56
I Earn Too Much, Now What?     59
Fast Facts     59
Be Aware of Potential Debt Burden     61
Look for "Free Money" Deals     61
"Lock In" YourTuition/Affordable Payment Plans     63
Scholarships and Grants: Secrets to a Free Ride     65
Fast Facts     65
Scholarships     67
A Scholarship Roadmap     69
Scholarship Scams: What They Are and What to Watch Out For     72
Institution-Based Gift Aid     78
Athletic Scholarships     79
State and Local Scholarships     82
Private Aid     83
Veterans Educational Benefits     84
Vocational Rehabilitation for the Disabled     85
Saving     87
Fast Facts     87
Coverdell ESAs: New and Improved     88
529 Plans: The High-Octane, Tax-Free Choice     90
Custodial Accounts     95
Save with U.S. Bonds     99
Take Note of Timing     99
A Penny Saved Is a Penny Not Borrowed     100
Trimming College Costs     101
Fast Facts     101
Can You Reduce Your Budget?     102
Shop for the Best Deal     103
Consider Community College     104
Shorten the Program of Study     104
College Credit by Examination     105
Payment Alternatives      108
Payment Plans     109
Establish a Home Equity Line of Credit     109
Do You Qualify for Tax Credits?     109
Get a Job     111
Get Involved in National Community Service     112
What About Military Service?     113
Crack the Code: What Deal Did You Really Get?     117
Fast Facts     117
Packaging     118
Cost of Attendance     119
Calculating Need for Need-Based Aid     122
Non-Need Aid Eligibility     123
What's in the Aid Package     124
Seven-Step Process for Comparing Award Letters     134
Evaluating Aid Packages     138
Changes to the Aid Package     140
Responding to the Award Letter     141
Financial Aid Beyond the First Year     144
How and When Financial Aid Is Paid     144
What's Next?     145
If I Only Knew ...     147
Fast Facts     147
The Criswell Family     148
The Going Family     150
The Wilk Family     151
The Hrouda Family     152
The Reynolds Family     154
Financial Aid Countdown Calendar     157
Top 19 Questions Parents and Students Should Ask     163
Glossary     175
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