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Discounts and Deals at the Nation's 360 Best Colleges : The Parent Soup Financial Aid and College Guide Paperback – August 20, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press (August 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582380309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582380308
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce G. Hammond counsels thousands of parents of college-bound students each year as the school and college expert at Parent Soup, part of the online community of iVillage.com, which attracts more than five million different visitors per month. He has been the editor-in-chief of The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, managing editor of The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and co-author of The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College. He is currently a college counselor at an independent school in Alburquerque, New Mexico, where he lives.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christine P on June 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Overall the book was comprehensive enough in the sense that it covered about 360 summaries on individual colleges and the types of unique financial aid that they offer. It also acts somewhat in part as a college guide because the author separates the colleges according to the most competitve, the highly competitive, and the competitive ones while also listing their individual acceptance rates. There is also significant info on FAFSA and PROFILE forms and a history on the federal government's policy on giving financial aid. The only thing that I warn potential readers is that the deadlines listed regarding the colleges are dreadfully outdated in many of the universities included here. Also, it would've been helpful if he had included the average financial aid package per college or the address of the college just for reference. This is a pretty sufficient book though for those who want to get the whole scheme of things and a little bit more, and for those who want to get a head start on the financial aid game. When I applied for financial aid to my colleges, I always had this book handy - so the money spent in buying this was overall not wasted.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is divided roughly in half between a savvy analysis of recent trends in college finance and financial aid and thumbnail sketches of over 300 of the top colleges and universities in the country. The balance seems about right. When one's eyes begin to glaze over from the sheer volume of acronyms and hair splitting definitions of "need-blind" and and other terms of art, one can always flip to the college profiles and read a refreshingly frank exposition on, say, the difference between Wesleyan, Amherst and Williams. The fact that no one description exceeds one paragraph makes for exceptional doctor's office or short sit reading.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MiamiU72@aol.com (Kathy) on August 7, 1999
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I was impressed by the amount of information in this book. Wish it had been published last year when we were going through the admissions process. It is a book I will highly recommend to my online parents group who have students in the college admissions process. It is great to have a book that addresses school specific scholarships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
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This book allows you to zero in on a college that gives out scholarships. Merit scholarships are the most plentiful and this book outlines what each college expects and also gives the amounts each college will award. Most other scholarship books I found a waste of time and money. This book does need to be updated though.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susannah on March 21, 2000
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This is a precise, insightful reference for people seeking relevant information in readable form about the complex topic of financial aid. It has been a popular resource among our high school seniors. Highly recommended!
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