Monday, January 10, 2011

College Prep Basics: How are You Going to Pay For It?

Now that we are entering the season of college acceptance letters (congrats!), we wanted to let you know that we also have resources to help with what comes next... paying for it. If you are planning on filling out financial aid forms, scholarship applications or even student loan applications, we have resources to help! Here are just a few of the materials we have. All of these are circulating titles, but we also have lots of reference titles as well. 


The Ultimate Scholarship Book: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes
by Gen and Kelly Tanabe

Information on thousands of scholarships, grants, and prizes is easily accessible in this revised directory with more than 700 new listings that feature awards indexed by career goal, major, academics, public service, talent, athletics, religion, ethnicity, and more. Each detailed listing contains all the necessary information for students and parents to complete the application process, including eligibility requirements, how to obtain an application, how to get more information about each award, sponsor website listings, award amounts, and key deadlines.

Paying for College Without Going Broke
by Kalman A. Chany

The only book to included the latest financial aid forms and lists of annual changes in tax laws, it also shows students and their parents how to calculate their aid eligibility before applying to college and plan ahead to improve their chances of receiving aid. The book also includes advice on how to negotiate with financial aid offices, handle special circumstances (for single parents or independent students), and receive educational tax breaks. It is a must have for anyone concerned about the soaring costs of college tuition. 

Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents
By Bissonnette, Zac

 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. 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. In this book he shares his strategies. 

by Gen Tanabe
In this important resource, 30 real, winning scholarship essays are analyzed, revealing what makes them successful and how they fit the judges' criteria. Includes advice for finding scholarships, including using books, the Internet, personal connections, and sources in the community. 






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