Affording and Surviving College describes a family’s journey through the college process and examines three siblings’ experience with three separate results: success, mediocre results and complete failure. The book explains the reasons behind each success and failure and then provides a plan for future families to create their own path to college success without going broke.
Learn how to navigate the college admissions process and afford it with integrity.
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Making College Accessible and Affordable for Families
- How starting early matters when funding a college education – there are full-ride scholarships even for 7th graders. Every year a family goes forward without knowledge is like losing money along the way. The lack of knowledge costs money when applying to college.
- You can make mistakes that you can never recover from if you get bad advice.
- The sticker price of a college is not necessarily the cost to the consumer – shop for fit, not sticker price. The better the fit, the more likely you will get admitted and receive money.
- Ignore the colleges that say they don’t give merit scholarships.
- Applying Early Decision will likely put you in the worst possible position to receive college funding.
- Your high school counselor is likely giving you poor advice because she is considering the entire student body and is not your personal advocate.
- Need-based financial aid should not be the focus because it would still leave a family short on financing college. Federal financial aid dollars won’t cover the cost of a private college.
- There are concrete steps a family can make to better position their child for college.
- What mistakes not to specifically make, what specific steps should you intentionally take, what to prioritize if you want your child to get into a great school and how to make it affordable.