This completely revised, up-to-date edition builds on the success of the original--the definitive, one-stop guide to the college selection and payment process, covering everything from basic timelines and tuition costs to predicting your scholarship award from colleges and taking ownership of student debt after graduation.
Updated to reflect the most recent changes in federal processes and timelines and including new chapters for undocumented and homeless students, this revised edition is a must-have for high school students and their parents.
The Financial Aid Handbook features straightforward language, engaging explanations, and hundreds of tips to maximize your financial aid--the scholarship funds that come from colleges themselves. No other book on the market teaches students and parents how to find real, four-year scholarships…and how to land them. It includes:
|Edition description:||Second Edition,Revised|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Carol Stack is the former director of admissions at Macalester College and Augsburg College, and served as a college counselor at both the International School of Brussels and St. John's International School in Waterloo, Belgium. For the past 20 years, Stack has worked as a principal at Hardwick Day, an enrollment consulting firm that works with the admissions and financial aid offices of colleges and universities. She has consulted on financial aid policy at dozens of colleges and universities from coast to coast. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ruth Vedvik has held the position of director of admissions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ball State University, and Agnes Scott College. For the past 14 years, Vedvik has worked as a principal at Hardwick Day and served as interim vice president for enrollment at more than 20 colleges and universities. She lives in Champaign, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Preface for the Revised Edition 9
Introduction for Parents 11
Chapter 1 The 9 Biggest Myths About Paying for College 21
Chapter 2 The Basics 45
Chapter 3 Let's Talk About Debt 73
Chapter 4 You, Your Parents, and Their Money 97
Chapter 5 For Parents: You, Your Children, and Your Money 115
Chapter 6 Merit Aid and The MAP 141
Chapter 7 The Cost-Based College Search 161
Chapter 8 Everything You Need to Know Before You Hand in Your Paperwork 171
Chapter 9 Merit Aid and the Application 187
Chapter 10 Making the Choice: An Apples-to-Apples Comparison 205
Chapter 11 An Intentional Alternative Plan 219
Chapter 12 What's in a Name? Understanding Ratings and Rankings 225
Chapter 13 What Color Is Your Passport? Advice for International Students 233
Chapter 14 Are You a DREAMer? Advice for Undocumented Students 241
Chapter 15 For Homeless and/or Unaccompanied Students 247