The college and financial aid planning process can be a confusing puzzle. This book helps families bring all of the pieces together. If I knew then, what I know now, is a true story of one mother's struggle to find help with putting all of the pieces of the college search, financial aid, scholarships, athletics, extracurricular activities, together. Through trial and error she learns how to help her children with the process. The book was written to help parents and students with early college awareness. College and especially financial planning for college should start as early in a child's life as possible. Understanding that parents are extremely busy, this book has been kept short, simple and to the point.