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Right College, Right Price

ISBN: 9781402273797

By: Frank Palmasani

Published: 01/01/2013

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Description

As students and their families start on the road to college, their search begins with many questions: Where should I apply? Where can I get in? What kind of campus would I like to live on? But there’s one question that always seems to be missing from the earliest stages of the process: What colleges can I afford? Until now, families haven’t been able answer this stressful question until after applications had been submitted— leading us to today’s $1 trillion student loan debt crisis. Right College, Right Price can help you find the answer. With the breakthrough Financial Fit program, you can follow simple, but powerful, steps to: • Calculate exactly how much you can afford to spend on college. • Find great colleges within your price range. • Understand the ins and outs of the financial aid process. • Choose the right college and avoid excessive debt. With this improved college search method, every family can find the right college at an affordable price.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Part 1: The Problem and the Solution

Chapter 1: The Problem

Chapter 2: Overview of Financial Fit

Part 2: The Planning Phase

Chapter 3: Assess Your Affordability

Chapter 4: Discuss Your Affordability with Your Child

Chapter 5: Understand the Financial Fit College Categories

Chapter 6: Net Price Calculators and Comparing College Categories

Chapter 7: Consider the Commuting and Community College Options

Chapter 8: Narrow Down Your List of Colleges

Part 3: The Execution Phase

Chapter 9: Understand Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Its Relationship to Financial Aid

Chapter 10: Discover Merit Scholarships

Chapter 11: Locate Private Scholarships

Chapter 12: Complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile

Chapter 13: Maximize Benefits

Chapter 14: Analyze Award Letters

Chapter 15: Understand the Ten Loan Options

Chapter 16: Choose the Right College at the Right Price

Chapter 17: Manage Costs Effectively While in College

Appendix

Glossary

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

THE PROBLEM

The way we’ve been choosing and paying for college for so many years is now broken, leaving families in tough financial situations or with ex

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“Palmasani, a veteran guidance and college admissions director, has written a really smart, accessible book on how to successfully navigate the financial side of the college admissions p...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 13.12 oz
Page Count: 288 pages

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