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The Scholarship and Financial Aid Solution: How to Go to College for Next to Nothing with Short Cuts, Tricks, and Tips from Start to Finish
     

The Scholarship and Financial Aid Solution: How to Go to College for Next to Nothing with Short Cuts, Tricks, and Tips from Start to Finish

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by Debra Lipphardt
 

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“Debbie Lipphardt’s passion and irrepressible enthusiasm for educating students and assisting them in their educational pursuits has led to the creation of this resource for parents and students. Mrs. Lipphardt has a wealth of knowledge about scholarships that has assisted students in receiving millions of dollars in financial aid. She has a knack for

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“Debbie Lipphardt’s passion and irrepressible enthusiasm for educating students and assisting them in their educational pursuits has led to the creation of this resource for parents and students. Mrs. Lipphardt has a wealth of knowledge about scholarships that has assisted students in receiving millions of dollars in financial aid. She has a knack for utilizing resources and simplifying what can be an overwhelming and complex process. The information in this book is practical and applicable to every family planning for a postsecondary education.”

Paige Zadnik
Student Activities Director
Vanguard High School

“Mrs. Lipphardt’s passion for students, scholarships, and helping others is remarkable. Through this book every student can benefit from Mrs. Lipphardt’s extensive knowledge and advice. I am so pleased that Mrs. Lipphardt’s vast knowledge will now reach many students and assist thousands of other prospective college students in earning financial support toward their education and make going to college a reality.”

Danielle Borth Vanguard High School Graduate Class of 2007

“This book will allow others to witness the invaluable experience, wisdom, and sincerity Mrs. Lipphardt possesses in ensuring students are financially prepared for achieving their dreams.”

Donald Garner Vanguard High School Class of 2001
Graduate Student, Florida State University.

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9781601382610
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Atlantic Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
03/29/2008
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144
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The Scholarship and Financial Aid Solution: How to Go to College for Next to Nothing with Short Cuts, Tricks, and Tips from Start to Finish 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
To describe this book as a lifesaver is an understatement. Lipphardt's clear, direct writing allows you to finally see college realistically. She gives you all of the hard facts in this book about how to successfully manage your college finances. Without this book I would be over $50,000 in debt by the time I received my bachelor's degree! If you are looking to go to college but avoid debt, this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book not only makes college a possibility but rules out the seemingly only valid excuse one has to not go - MONEY. Money is everywhere and philanthropists, foundations, and companies are begging to give it to students to continue on their path. Debra Lipphardt takes the time and research out of the reader's hands and does most of the work for you. This is a comprehensive guide from the tips for applying to where to look for the grants that best fit you. Mrs. Lipphardt has organized a plethora of information into an easy-read for students and parents alike! This book surpasses the impersonal, overwhelming scholarship databases online and she acts as your personal scholarship coordinator. The book has obvious appeal to families who are intimidated by the daunting numbers that polls release every year. COLLEGE IS NOT ONLY a financial POSSIBILITY, it is REALITY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely helpful for learning knowledge about loans, scholarships, and financial aid. I found that this book was very beneficial and I recommend this to all students and parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is it! This is the book all students and parents need to help them aquire the knowledge they need to find and apply for scholarships and financial assistance. Not only does the author help with these important matters she also gives tips on essay writing and filing out resumes. It is well written in an easy manner, a very easy read. This is a book that belongs in all homes with school age children. Thank you for such a wonderful tool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It¿s never too early to start your future and Debra Lipphardt makes sure readers know it. Lipphardt reads like a trusted friend, or in this case counselor, who wants to ensure parents and students know what to do for the best possible chances to getting a free ride to college. She even offers resume writing tips¿a whole chapter¿that will benefit any student, even through the college years. Because of her training and career as a high school scholarship headhunter, of sorts, Lipphardt is extremely knowledgeable on her chosen topic. Most helpful are the sample resumes and applications shown throughout the book. The last chapter is merely a bonus: a wealth of information on each state¿s Department of Education and other state specific offices. And once again, portions of the proceeds will go to The Humane Society of the United States. Star rating: 5
Guest More than 1 year ago
Debra Lipphardt's book, 'The Scholarship & Financial Aid Solution,' should be in every high school student's immediate house, or at least in every high school library shelf. Instead of buying the massive $100 textbooks that makes applying for a scholarship the most terrifying experience during your student's senior year, I suggest buying this very cost-effective book that makes scholarship applications a very easy, fun, and result-proven experience. Since I am quoted in the book, I can truly attest that the knowledge provided within this book helped me achieve a lifelong goal of going to college for the first year totally supported by scholarships and study abroad in a foreign country for a semester. Mrs. Lipphardt's talent and love to help students make college affordable is apparent in the first few pages of this book--known through first-hand experience. For the parents, I know that credibility is important when purchasing scholarship help books. Let me tell you all this: I have known Debra Lipphardt for almost five years now, and she has helped each high school senior class to earn at least $2 million in scholarship money each year. Being one of her many students, I assure you that this book will be very beneficial to your efforts to save money. As a matter of fact, I received an e-mail today from the College of Business notifying me that I earned a $1,500 scholarship for the upcoming academic year. It is evident that the Mrs. Lipphardt's book will continue to reward readers that apply the same shortcuts and tips during your student's college career. Therefore, I highly recommend the purchase of this book without any reservations whatsoever, and I urge you to purchase this book so your student and bank account earn the money disbursed by the Office of Financial Aid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author¿s knowledge in winning scholarships is a proven hands-on experience. Debra Lipphardt has made this `how to¿ book on the scholarship process an easy to read and learn method. She speaks to you on a personal level that makes this non-fiction book more comprehensible. One of my favorite chapters is her chapter on short cuts and tips, making the entire process of applying less stressful. Her short cut method on the application procedure makes it effortless to apply for a large amount of scholarships. D. Lipphardt¿s book is written with a desire to help students make college possible and can be used by anyone, anywhere. Most of the scholarship books that I have already read, are mainly made up a list of scholarships (many of them no longer available) and much of the information is repeated in each book by writers without the first hand experience that Debra Lipphardt has. This book not only helps make the entire scholarship procedure a less daunting and confusing experience for everyone, but helps you from the very start to even after you have won the money. I highly recommend this book for anyone either going to college, or paying the bills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter just graduated from high school and had the privilege of experiencing Ms. Lipphardt's expertise and guidance first hand. Ms. Lipphardt has not only proven her ability to inspire her students to pursue all opportunities available to them, but has produced an invaluable reference and guide for all parents and students who wish to take advantage of scholarship and financial aid opportunities. I highly recommend her book not only as a reference, but for general and specific guidance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scholarship and Financial Aid Solution is a wonderful book which is most definitely helpful in aiding students. Not only can this book be great for the students, but for their parents as well. The book is well worth its money because with all of her help it shows that applying for scholarships isn't as hard as it once was. You save so much time, and earn so much knowledge in this area that not purchasing this book would be absolutely silly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Debra Lipphardt's book is extremely helpful for students in high school and college, and also students' parents. She gives great, easy tips that help you receive scholarships. Many students complain that they do not have enough time to fill out the applications and write the essays, but Mrs. Lipphardt shows that you can save a lot of your previous scholarship works and keep re-using them. She is an amazing author, and an amazing person! Her book is extremely helpful and well worth the purchase!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Lipphardt's book, The Scholarship & Financial Aid Solution, is a practical and useful book for families and students. Mrs. Lipphardt speaks directly to the reader in a familiar tone and with the concern of an educator. Her tips have been garnered through experience in the high school setting and are applicable to every student. I have the pleasure of working with Mrs. Lipphardt and know her to be dedicated and passionate about helping students achieve their dreams of attending post-secondary educational institutions. You can certainly trust the advice found in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scholarship & Financial Aid Handbook is well worth the money for anyone planning to attend college, especially if you want to know more about scholarships and resumes. Debra Lipphardt (the author) has worked for years at our local high school as the career lab specialist and scholarship coordinator. Her book tells you exactly what to do in high school to prepare for college. Even though I had the luxury of having her as my daughter's advisor, the information was alot to absorb. Having her book at hand has helped me be able to go back and reference. She explains the various types of scholarships from Academics to Minorities. With each type she explains what is needed to qualify. At the end of the book there is a list of state agencies to contact for information and a list of web sites. Knowing these web sites has saved alot of time surfing. Debra also talks about how to locate local scholarship money and believes there is sufficient money for anyone wishing to attend college but you have to do your research and continually apply to numerous sources. The book explains how to complete applications, answer essay questions, prepare for interviews and even what to do after you have won the scholarship. One of the most helpful sections gives detailed instructions and examples on how to prepare a resume. Though the book primarily deals with scholarship money, she gives a good overview of the total financial aid process. FAFSA 'Free Application for Federal Student Aid', State & Local Grants, and Student Loans are explained in easy to understand language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the essence of everything that Ms. Debra Lipphardt has created in order to make the financial worries of college students wither away. Ms. Lipphardt is one of the most hard- working and dedicated people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She helped me to secure multiple scholarships with her quick guides and organization, all of which can be found in her book. I would highly reccomend this book as a tool for demystifying the search for scholarships. Thanks again to Ms. Lipphardt for going above and beyond to help students everywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book developed by a professional using hands-on tips that is relative to students and parents. It bridges the generation gap, and it will get kids and all family members motivated to look for scholarship money that is available but sometimes it is a hidden treasure. Seriously, this is a great reference book and everyone can relate to its personalized style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Debra Lipphardt's 'The Scholarship & Financial Aid Solution: How to Go to College for Next to Nothing' is perfect for a college student like me who is trying to find ways to cut back on the costs of ever-increasing tuition and book payments. There are many books on the market that help students find ways to secure financial aid and scholarship funds but Lipphardt's book is quite helpful because it details a number of options available to students and their parents who are looking for ways to pay for college without having to mortgage the house. Lipphardt's book covers all everything one needs to know about obtaining scholarships and financial aid, including where to look for college funding opportunities, how to write resumes and essays, tips on filling out applications, and even advice on interviews. While this book has a brief list of resources for all fifty states and a rundown of some scholarship websites, this book is NOT simply a list of scholarships and financial aid programs. It is a general guide for anyone trying to find out the basics on how and where to apply for funding and what steps need to be taken to better your chances of landing the money for school. Something I was especially glad to learn from this book was on how to avoid scholarship scams. Something that makes this book stand out from the rest is that Lipphardt speaks to the reader literally one-to-one. Her friendly personal approach makes reading this book feel more like I am consulting with a personal adviser than some distant, remote resource, which is the feeling I get with most book addressing college admissions. Also, Lipphardt's book is a fairly quick read, making it easy to gain a lot of information in a short space of time. As a college student, I can say this is one book I really enjoyed reading I certainly recommend it to anyone needing information on finding ways to pay for school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be given to every student and his or her parents during a 'Welcome to the rest of your life' meeting the first month of school in ninth grade, and then revisited annually through the twelfth grade. In order to get a scholarship, a student not only has to have good grades, he or she has to become involved in the community as a volunteer and must be active in school clubs and activities. A part-time job also doesn't hurt. So many students float through school and then realize, as they're filling out scholarship applications, that they just don't have much to put down other than a 3.0 grade average. Grades just aren't enough to put one person ahead of another in the competition for free money. 'The Scholarship Solution' gives the student and his parents an excellent blueprint for working toward junior and senior year when the application process begins. It's a tiny book, but it covers a lot of ground, from where to look for scholarships to creating a resume to filling out the application. Tips on writing essays, securing letters of recommendation and how to present yourself at a scholarship interview are offered. If you have elementary or junior high students, get this book now. Start a college file that will include their personal essays, their school and volunteer activities - and if they don't have any, encourage them to start looking for them right away. It's prep work for the rest of their life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where was this book when I was looking for help to finance college myself? I recall my guidance counselor handing me a single scholarship application, not the dozens (or hundreds) that today¿s student has available to them. Fortunately, I did receive that scholarship I can attest, it¿s a great feeling to read the words, ¿You¿ve been awarded¿¿ As the ¿semi-retired¿ parents of a junior high school student, what we have learned from this book is that it¿s not too early to make use of this comprehensive guide to college scholarships and financial aid. It helps us to keep our ¿eyes on the prize¿ and gently steer our son in the right direction, in terms of his current academic studies, as well as his extra-curricular activities. Unless you get 1600 on your SATs, you¿re likely not going to get a scholarship without being a well-rounded individual, with more than just book smarts. Ms. Lipphardt addresses the process step-by-step, from helping you determine which scholarships you¿re eligible for (and it may be a single criterion that qualifies or disqualifies an applicant), filling out the application (¿neatness counts!¿), obtaining letters of recommendation or referral (who to ask, who not to ask, proofread well, and thank you notes afterward), and providing tips for the dreaded ¿essay¿ portion (know your audience, be truthful, etc). This book provided a thorough, simple, easy to understand discussion on the role of both the student and parent, and what it takes to get successfully navigate the scholarship labyrinth. From my reading, it¿s obvious that it¿s not an easy effort, but rather time consuming and tedious, to weed through the available scholarships, sort out the good from the bad, and the eligible to apply from the ineligible to apply. Ms. Lipphardt does this full time for a school full of students that tells you how much time you need to devote to this, as well, for your own child. This book won¿t give you is a giant list of available scholarships. But what it will give you is the starting point, where on the Internet to begin your search, what physical searches you can do (school guidance office and college financial aid office), state-based resources, and equally important, what scholarship ¿scams¿ to avoid. She has the insider perspective, given her proven track record, and knows what the scholarship boards are looking for from a student she¿s helped hundreds of children, including her own, to find and win scholarships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Worried about getting the money for college? Debra Lipphardt, a scholarship coordinator for a high school in Florida, has written a practical manual to get the money you need. She peppers the text with stories of students she has helped and solid advice. While basic, it is a good and useful guide to getting scholarships. Lipphardt¿s chatty style makes you feel as if you¿re sitting down in your best friend¿s mom¿s kitchen for cookies and some advice you wouldn¿t take from your own mom. She recognizes that life in the 21st century is a bit more complex than the mythical suburban lifestyle the media likes to portray as ¿normal¿ and offers creative solutions for the students with complex needs. Recognizing how our world works, the book includes a chapter discussing various scams used to prey on the student desperate for money for college. She re-iterates things a high school student should know: deadlines are important, neatness counts, read all directions carefully and follow them exactly. Having worked in academia at the college level, myself, I can say that these things are not in the least obvious and it was a good thing she included them! She discusses organizational techniques for keeping track of scholarship applications, and even offers a bit of unique advice for the high school freshman ¿ start a Scholarship Folder your first year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scholarship& Financial Aid Handbook is an excellent source for anyone planning to attend college, especially if you want to know more about scholarships. The author has worked for years as a financial aid adviser, plus helping her own children with the financial aid process. The book tells you exactly what to do as a freshman in high school to prepare for college. She explains the various types of scholarships ¿ Academic, Major, General, Minority and Unusual. With each type she explains what is needed to qualify such as GPA, Honors, Leadership, Test Scores 'SAT & ACT', Extracurricular Activities, and Community Work. At the end of the book there is a list of state agencies to contact for information and a list of web sites. She also talks about how to uncover local sources of scholarship money. Lipphardt believes there is sufficient money for anyone wishing to attend college but you have to do your research and continually apply to numerous sources. The book tells you how to complete applications, answer essay questions, prepare for interviews and even what to do after you have won the scholarship. It is filled with lots and lots of points that the average person is probably unaware of but could determine if you fail or succeed. One of the most helpful sections gives detailed instructions and examples on how to prepare a resume. Though the book primarily deals with scholarship money, she gives a good overview of the total financial aid process. FAFSA 'Free Application for Federal Student Aid', State & Local Grants, and Student Loans are explained in easy to understand language. With knowledge, preparation, hard work and persistence the author has helped hundreds of her students secure scholarships and financial aid. Readers of this book should also be able to do the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scholarship Solution Financial Aid How to Go To College for Next to Nothing with Short Cuts, Tricks and Tips from Start to Finish by Debra Lipphardt You may remember the intimidating, giant book in your high school library filled to the brim with potential scholarships. Your counselor mentioned it, your parents have told you that they can only give you a minor percentage of college funding. When you finally haul the scholarship book to the melamine table, you have no idea what youâ¿¿re looking at. Right in Chapter 1 Lipphardt explains scholarships, and moves on to the types and what they mean. The first three chapters are dedicated to the subject. Whatâ¿¿s fascinating is that there is always an overlooked scholarship to which few apply â¿¿ giving the applicant a decided edge. Those deep in â¿¿the real worldâ¿ arenâ¿¿t the only ones with well-written resumes. This book emphasizes the essentials so that you can put an utterly engaging resume together thatâ¿¿s wholly truthful. The naturally distrustful will be pleased to note that she dedicates a section to â¿¿scams.â¿ In other words, itâ¿¿s the proverbial, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Lipphardtâ¿¿s resource book is researched and presented with such attention to detail, itâ¿¿s as though she carefully prepared it for for her only child, currently a junior. Sheâ¿¿s got that smart mom thing going and a good thing for those who need a boost of the green to fund their higher education.