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  • Series: Sallie Mae How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc; Third Edition, Third edition edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932662987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932662986
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A'must read' for every parent of a college student . . . one book you cannot afford to skip."  —Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services, Eastern Michigan University


"An extremely comprehensive guide...every parent and student's dream' about being knowledgeable about financial aid and college costs."  —Peggy Loewy-Wellisch, associate vice president for student financial services, Nova Southeastern University


"A wonderful tool for students and parents."  —Veronica J. Leech, director of financial aid, Central State University

About the Author

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe have been featured as college-admissions experts in numerous publications, including the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. They are the authors of 50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays, 501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College, 1001 Ways to Pay for College, Accepted! 50 Successful Business School Admission Essays, Adult Students, Get into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students, How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay, and Sallie Mae How to Pay for College. They live in Belmont, California.

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Highly recommend it to anyone with kids going to college in the next couple of years.
Bradley D. Johnson
Of those only a very small percentage make it into my permanent collection of useful references.
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Throughout the book are interviews with financial aid officers from different colleges.
June Sibliski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Arnold on September 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a certified financial planner I work with families who are struggling to save for college. I am always on the lookout for new resources and this book by Sallie Mae is at the top of my list. While there is too much to describe in a short review, let me just say that each chapter contains succinct, easy to understand, and top-notch advice. The book contains many examples and the explanations are written so even a non-expert can understand. The tips and anecdotes from the financial aid officers which appear on many of the pages are invaluable and give the reader a view of financial aid that we don't normally see. Sallie Mae should be commended for putting out a terrific book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By June Sibliski on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
As the mother of three children high school aged children I knew that I needed help paying for college. What a relief it was to read this book! I'm no expert on financial aid but after reading Sallie Mae How to Pay for College I feel much more confident about getting through the process. In fact, as crazy as it sounds I am actually looking forward to applying for aid since I now know how much I should get!

Not only does this book explain the financial aid process better than anything else I have read but it also addresses important topics like scholarships and college savings. The scholarship chapter is a real standout in my opinion and I made it required reading for my children who will need to do their part to help pay for their educations.

Throughout the book are interviews with financial aid officers from different colleges. These really helped me to see how that college can actually help.

While we still have a lot of hard work ahead I am confident that we can meet the challenge. I highly recommend this book to every family who is struggling with the cost of college.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson on November 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been a college counselor for 15 years and each year I'm responsible for helping 200 seniors find the right college. I have witnessed many changes in admission but by far the most difficult challenge today is helping families pay for the great colleges that their children get into. What good is it to get into a college if you can't afford to go? This is why I was particularly interested in this book when one of my colleagues gave me a copy to review.

Over the years I have read hundreds of books on college planning. Of those only a very small percentage make it into my permanent collection of useful references. This book not only made it into my collection but I consider it to be the "best of the best."

Why? Because it honestly lays out the challenges of paying for college faced by most families and then systematically presents realistic solutions. The authors do not present their solutions in a dogmatic fashion but give the reader all of the options to let the individual family choose the best solution for their situation. This is very important since many books give cookie-cutter solutions, which just do not work in the real world.

Is it ironic that one of the best books on paying for college comes from Sallie Mae - a provider of student loans? Maybe. But the fact remains that Sallie Mae has put together a terrific resource. You won't find "plugs" for loans. In fact, you get just the opposite. The book makes it clear that loans are your last option and it encourages you to find scholarships, apply for financial aid, and perhaps the most underappreciated way to pay for college - save money. The one chapter on student loans is very informative and like the rest of the book presents options rather than directs you into a preconceived direction.

"How to Pay for College" earned a permanent place on my bookshelf and I recommend it to the students and parents at my school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BoRyan Eberhard on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have a young baby and wanted to get started early on saving in the right way for college. The table of contents has several chapters on how to save, how to get tax-advantages, etc so I got it.

However, the book seems to be aimed at people who have a high school student and have not saved anything yet and don't really know how to save money period. It is not for people who know how to be frugal and save money and wanted to get started early putting that money in the right place.

We have a relatively high income, and I got this book to figure out if we could qualify for financial aid, how to maximize financial aid, and if we did not qualify, what other savings options we have. There is a chapter titled 'Even the millionaire next door can qualify for financial aid." It told me absolutely nothing. Only the assertion that everyone can qualify so don't count yourself out. That sort of unsupported statement is totally worthless to me for planning purposes.

It gives a rule of thumb of saving 40% of your income towards college. However, it does not specify why or for how long. If I were to start now saving 40% of my income, and then have a second child, should I then save 80% of my income? That is of course ridiculous, so I assume that the rule of thumb is based on the unspoken assumption that your child is 18.

There are call-out boxes from "real financial aid officers" throughout the book, but each of them seems to say only "You should save for college." Yes, yes, that's why I got the book - any actual information you can give me? It also spends a fair amount of time talking about how to budget and be frugal (maybe you should make coffee at home instead of buying a frapuccino at Starbucks). Again, I know how to save money in general, I wanted to know the best way to invest this money for college. This book is several hundred pages long but only has a few pages worth of information answering that question.
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More About the Author

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 1001 Ways to Pay For College, Accepted! 50 Successful Business School Admission Essays, Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays, Adult Students, Get Free Cash for College, Get into Any College, How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay, and Sallie Mae How to Pay for College. They live in Palo Alto, California.

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