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The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford Paperback – May 15, 2011
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About the Author
Ruth Vedvik has held the position of Director of Admissions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ball State University, and Agnes Scott College. For the past 9 years, Vedvik has worked as a principal at Hardwick-Day, an enrollment consulting firm that works with the admissions and financial aid offices of private colleges and universities. Through Hardwick-Day, she has consulted on financial aid policy at dozens of colleges, including Whittier, Grinnell, Mills, Randolph-Macon, and Xavier University.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is well organized, separated into logical chapters, and neither patronizes nor overwhelms the reader, be they parent or student. It's matter of fact, but not dry; all 3 of us wound up chuckling occasionally.
My spouse, student and I read the book and teamed up to follow the advice suggested by the authors. My student was confident in their research,as were we. Rather than narrow the search, my student found an overwhelming number of colleges that were affordable for our middle class family. They were able to narrow their list to a dozen viable choices. After several phone interviews and college visits, our student asked to apply to 8 schools. They were accepted by 6 colleges, all within our means. Three of them offered substantial financial aid packages.
Our student is happily settled in their first year of one of the 3 colleges. My STUDENT suggested they take a work-study job to reduce the amount of their student loan. They got that wisdom from the book!
I gave a copy to my student's college counselor; he read it, loved it as well and is recommending it to parents. I strongly recommend it to you.
This book greatly enhanced my knowledge on these topics. In addition it really is readable.
I'd highly recommend it for high school juniors and their parents.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is starting the college process, especially juniors. There are things you can do now to better prepare yourself and to not be at the whim of all the marketing BS that colleges are putting out there. The authors also put some humor into it which makes the book much easier to read. The book is well arranged into sections so that a busy or not-so-interested parent can read 2 summary chapters and get something out of of it. This book will shift the entire way you think about college selection. In my opinion, this book is entirely worth the price and I think it will end up saving us thousands if not tens of thousands in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Experience counts in a game with so many variables, and authors: Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik have 70 years combined experience in the college admissions and financial aid fields. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea Polk
I worked in the student loan industry and this book contains a long overdue message. Do not overpay for college. Colleges are BUSINESSES. Read morePublished 2 months ago by caitlin McNally
This book has completely revolutionized how I think about the college application and financial aid process. I only wish I had picked it up sooner.Published 2 months ago by Erica Myers-Russo
very helpful and will save you money.Should probably buy when your child is 9th or 10th grade to prepare yourself.Published 3 months ago by brenda lawrence
I wish I had this book before my son applied to college. My son did all the work for his freshman applications, but there is so much to know and learn. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LadyArt
I ordered this book based on reviews, and nearly gave it away completely unread when I realized we would not qualify for any financial aid. Read morePublished 11 months ago by gaffy
It was helpful. We have used the material as reference points in multiple discussions about our daughters departure of University studies in 2016.Published 14 months ago by Lloyd E. Elling
A must have if you plan to send a child to college!Published 15 months ago by Cynthia Wucherpfennig