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Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, orMooching off My Parents
     

Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, orMooching off My Parents

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by Zac Bissonnette
 

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This book can save you more than $100,000.

These days, most people assume you need to pay a boatload of money for a quality college education. As a result, students and their parents are willing to go into years of debt and potentially sabotage their entire financial futures just to get a fancy name on their diploma.

But Zac Bissonnette is walking proof that

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This book can save you more than $100,000.

These days, most people assume you need to pay a boatload of money for a quality college education. As a result, students and their parents are willing to go into years of debt and potentially sabotage their entire financial futures just to get a fancy name on their diploma.

But Zac Bissonnette is walking proof that this assumption is not only false, but dangerous-a class con game designed to rip you off and doom your student to a post-graduation life of near poverty . From his unique double perspective-he's a personal finance expert (at Daily Finance) AND a current senior at the University of Massachusetts-Zac figured out how to get an outstanding education at a public college, without bankrupting his parents or taking on massive loans.

Armed with his personal knowledge, the latest data, and smart analysis, Zac takes on the sacred cows of the higher education establishment. He reveals why a lot of the conventional wisdom about choosing and financing college is not only wrong but hazardous to you and your child's financial future. You'll discover, for instance, that:

* Student loans are NOT a necessary evil. Ordinary middle class families can- and must-find ways to avoid them, even without scholarships.

* College "rankings" are useless-designed to sell magazines and generate hype. If you trust one of the major guides when picking a college, you face a potential financial disaster.

* The elite graduate programs accept lots of people with non-elite bachelors degrees. So do America's most selective employers. The name on a diploma ultimately won't help your child have a more successful career or earn more money.

Zac can prove every one of those bold assertions - and more. No matter what your current financial situation, he has a simple message for parents: "RELAX! Your kid will be able to get a champagne education on a beer budget!"

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
“If the National Association for College Admissions Counseling had anticipated the dire consequences of one of the smartest teenagers in America encountering the ill-examined assumptions of their profession, they might have found some way to buy him off, maybe a full ride scholarship to Harvard. Too late. Bissonnette is 21 now, a senior at the University of Massachusetts. He has written the best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process.” -- (Jay Mathews)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591842989
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
247,222
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Farnoosh Torabi
"With Bissonnette, college-bound students and their parents finally have an unbiased source to help make an educated decision about choosing and affording college. Not to mention, his advice can help you pocket tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Want to make a smart investment in this economy? Buy Debt-Free U."--(Farnoosh Torabi, financial expert and author of Psych Yourself Rich)
Ali Rogers
“In the new economy, your college choice is critical. Zac Bissonnette's Debt-Free U is the one book you need to make this life-changing decision -- thoroughly researched, smart,and funny. Grade: A+.”--(Ali Rogers, CBS Moneywatch. Author, Diary of a Real Estate Rookie)
David Bach
“Let Zac Bissonnette help you plan for college—where to go, what to study, and how to pay for it—and you will finish rich”--(David Bach #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich)
From the Publisher
"If the National Association for College Admissions Counseling had anticipated the dire consequences of one of the smartest teenagers in America encountering the ill-examined assumptions of their profession, they might have found some way to buy him off, maybe a full ride scholarship to Harvard. Too late. Bissonnette is 21 now, a senior at the University of Massachusetts. He has written the best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process."
-Jay Mathews, The Washington Post

"Let Zac Bissonnette help you plan for college-where to go, what to study, and how to pay for it-and you will finish rich"
-David Bach #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich

"In the new economy, your college choice is critical. Zac Bissonnette's Debt- Free U is the one book you need to make this life-changing decision— thoroughly researched, smart, and funny. Grade: A+."
-Ali Rogers, CBS Moneywatch. Author, Diary of a Real Estate Rookie

"With Bissonnette, college-bound students and their parents finally have an unbiased source to help make an educated decision about choosing and affording college. Not to mention, his advice can help you pocket tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Want to make a smart investment in this economy? Buy Debt-Free U."
-Farnoosh Torabi, financial expert and author of Psych Yourself Rich

Meet the Author

Zac Bissonnette is a personal finance writer and a junior at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. He is an editor of WalletPOP, AOL's personal finance webite and one of the 500 most trafficked Web sites in the United States. He also blogs for TheDailyBeast.com, has appeared on CNN, and has been quoted in numerous other media outlets.

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Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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I give copies of this book to my highest performing juniors. They have come up to me as seniors telling me how much they learned from it. It should be required reading. Student loan debt is the only loan that doesn't go away in the US when people file for bankruptocy. So many eager young kids (and their parents who co-sign) have no idea what they're getting themselves into. College costs an unreasonable.amount these days. This book is filled with honest, realistic advice intermingled with humor. I also recommend Zac Bisonette's other book How to Become smarter, richer, and better looking than your parents. Your college-bound student will benefit from reading this book for years to come.
carbs_reader More than 1 year ago
Finally someone willing to talk about the falacies many parents and students believe about college. Zac was interesting and not afraid to ask the reader to be challenged in their assumptions about paying for college.
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I read this for myself, even though I am an older student, but it won't be long until I have children in college as well. It was helpful on both counts. I don't want to saddle my family with loans and not be able to help my children go to school! We've definitley used the information in this book to come up with a plan for them. Now I need to work out a few details for myself, and we should all be able to graduate debt free! It was eye-opening. I loved it!
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1ja22 More than 1 year ago
If i had only known when first submitting FAFSA forms what Zac Bissonnette explains so clearly, I would have made better decisions. Highly recommended for all college-bound students. Highly recommended for all parents of college-bound students. Best read when college-bound students are in middle school so family financial planning for college can really settle in and take effect.
Seema12 More than 1 year ago
This book is immensely helpful, especially when going through the college application process. It has opened my eyes to many unknown aspects of financing one's college education. This is a must read for high school students and parents.
Anne99508 More than 1 year ago
Highly interesting read. He gets a bit heavy in a couple of places, but he has some super interesting statements and backs them up with numbers. As the parent to a Junior in High School, I would highly recommend reading this. Some very interesting ideas and worthwhile take-aways.
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