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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
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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 financial aid forms (including the 2004—2005 FAFSA and the 2004—2005 CSS PROFILE)
• Negotiate with the financial aid office
• Learn about educational tax breaks
• Master special circumstances if you're a single parent or an independent student

Kalman A. Chany is the founder and president of Campus Consultants in New York. For 21 years he has helped thousands of clients maximize the amount of financial aid they receive. He has shared his advice on Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CNN, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and other prominent news programs.

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With the fastest growing test-preparation company and school information website in the country, The Princeton Review helps prepare more than two million students each year for college, grad school, professional licensing exams, and successful careers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375763502
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 10/14/2003
  • Series: College Admissions Guides
  • Edition description: 2004 Edition
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 7.86 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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The Princeton Review is the fastest growing test-preparation company in the country, with over 60 franchise offices in the nation. Each year, we help more than 2 million students prepare for college, grad school, professional licensing exams, and successful careers.
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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Foreword v
Acknowledgements vii
A Special Message for First-Generation College Students and Their Parents xi
INTRODUCTION College is big business and an
uneducated consumer is its best customer xix
PART ONE UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS 1
CHAPTER ONE Overview 3
Paying for college in a nutshell
PART TWO HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE PROCESS 11
CHAPTER TWO Long-Term Strategies for Paying for College 15
CHAPTER THREE 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 FOUR How to Pick Colleges 111
The financial safety school
CHAPTER FIVE What the Student Can Do 121
The better your child's grades, the more they'll want her
CHAPTER SIX State Aid 127
Making the differences in the state aid formula work for you
Listing of state addresses
PART THREE FILLING OUT THE STANDARDIZED FORMS 137
Line-by-line instructions for the most commonly used
need analysis forms
PART FOUR THE OFFER 189
Comparing offers, the different types of aid in detail,
understanding your FAO, bargaining, applying for next year
CHAPTER SEVEN Innovative Payment Options 211
Some of the novel ways parents are paying for college
CHAPTER Eight Managing Your Debt 219
CHAPTER NINE Special Topics 227
Divorced or Separated Parents
Transfer Students and Graduate Students
The College's Special Needs—Geniuses,
Minorities, Athletes, and Legacies
Running Your Own Business orFarm
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 TEN Less Taxing Matters 249
CHAPTER ELEVEN Looking for a Financial Aid Consulting Service 257
Why your accountant will say he is willing to do the forms
and why you shouldn't let him
CHAPTER TWELVE Future Trends 261
PART FIVE WORKSHEETS AND FORMS 265
SAMPLE FORMS 291
GLOSSARY 309
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 315
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    Posted June 16, 2004

    used it 4 years ago - now going for a 2nd round

    my oldest just graduated w/a 4 yr degree; i used an earlier edition to help pave the way; now my youngest will leave in 2 months following his sibling to the same college (i'm a bit late ordering the updated version, but), as a single parent i want to make sure i maximize our resources as i too want to finish my degree started part time 8 years ago - the book was a lifesavor thru the maze of paperwork while also going thru a divorce

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