Paying for College Without Going Broke, 2003 Edition

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Insider Strategies for Maximizing Financial Aid and Minimizing College Costs
?Plan ahead to improve your chance of receiving financial aid
?Calculate your aid eligibility before you apply to colleges
?Complete the 2002-2003 financial aid forms (including the FAFSA and the ...
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Overview

Insider Strategies for Maximizing Financial Aid and Minimizing College Costs
·Plan ahead to improve your chance of receiving financial aid
·Calculate your aid eligibility before you apply to colleges
·Complete the 2002-2003 financial aid forms (including the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE)
·Negotiate with the financial aid office
·Learn about educational tax breaks
·Handle special circumstances if you're a single parent or an independent student
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375762734
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Series: College Admissions Guides
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

KALMAN A. CHANY is the founder and president of Campus Consultants Inc., a New York City-based firm that guides parents and students through the financial aid process. In addition to counseling thousands of families on the aid process, he has conducted workshops for corporations, schools, and other organizations. He also trains financial professionals regarding financial aid consulting. Kal is a frequent guest on television and radio shows across the country.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION College is big business and an
uneducated consumer is its best customer ix
PART ONE UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS 1
CHAPTER 1 Overview 3
Paying for college in a nutshell
PART TWO HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE PROCESS 11
CHAPTER 2 Long-Term Strategies for Paying for College 15
CHAPTER 3 Short-Term Strategies for Receiving More Financial Aid 43
Financial aid and your income tax return—Joined at the hip
Income
Expenses
Assets and liabilities
Student assets and liabilities
CHAPTER 4 How to Pick Colleges 111
The financial safety school
CHAPTER 5 What the Student Can Do 121
The better your child’s grades, the more they’ll want her
CHAPTER 6 State Aid 127
Making the differences in the state aid formula work for you
Listing of state addresses
CHAPTER 7 Looking for a Financial Aid Consulting Service 137
Why your accountant will say he is willing to do the forms
and why you shouldn’t let him
PART THREE FILLING OUT THE STANDARDIZED FORMS 141
Line-by-line instructions for the most commonly used
need analysis forms
PART FOUR THE OFFER 193
Comparing offers, the different types of aid in detail,
understanding your FAO, bargaining, applying for next year
CHAPTER 8 Innovative Payment Options 215
Some of the novel ways parents are paying for college
CHAPTER 9 Special Topics 223
PAYING FOR COLLEGE
WITHOUT GOING BROKE
Divorced or Separated Parents
Transfer Students and Graduate Students
The College’s Special Needs—Geniuses,
Minorities, Athletes, and Legacies
RunningYour Own Business or Farm
The Recently Unemployed Worker
Independent Students
Establishing Residency in a State
Early Decision, Early Action, Early Notification, Early Read
Aid for the Older Student
International Students
Foreign Tax Return
Study Abroad
To the Professional
CHAPTER 10 Managing Your Debt 245
CHAPTER 11 Less Taxing Matters 253
CHAPTER 12 Future Trends 261
PART FIVE WORKSHEETS AND FORMS 265
SAMPLE FORMS 291
GLOSSARY 307
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 313
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