- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: FT Press; 2 edition (May 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132944677
- ISBN-13: 978-0132944670
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The College Solution provides a roadmap for students and parents trying to figure out the complex path to college. At every step along the process, Lynn O’Shaughnessy provides the necessary information families need to know about admissions and financial aid in an easy-to-digest format. Students and parents are inundated with information about college these days and this is a great book to help you figure out what really matters.”
—Jeffrey J. Selingo, vice president and editorial director, The Chronicle of Higher Education
“Chock-full of information about college entrance and affordability, O’Shaughnessy’s second edition of The College Solution is sure to raise your admission and financial aid ‘IQ.’”
—Seth Allen, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Pomona College
“The College Solution is an easy-to-read conversational guide to paying for college. Lynn O’Shaughnessy is a champion for consumers and will help you pick the college that is the best fit for you and your wallet.”
—Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Fastweb.com and FinAid.com and the author of The Secrets to Winning a Scholarship
“Even though I’ve been labeled a ‘college admissions expert,’ this is a book that I wish I had read when my son was still in high school. Jam-packed with information about testing, college essays, interviews, financial aid, and much, much more, this highly readable guide will help parents and their children through an often confusing process.”
—Robert Schaeffer, a founder of The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)
About the Author
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized higher-ed author, journalist, and speaker. She writes frequently about college issues for CBS MoneyWatch and for her own popular college blog at TheCollegeSolution.com.
Lynn has written or been interviewed about college for such media outlets as Money Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Fox Business News, Huffington Post, Parade Magazine, CBS This Morning, USA Today, and US News & World Report. She is the consulting director of college planning, K-12, at the University of California, San Diego Extension. She also is a frequent speaker on how families can find and afford great schools. Lynn’s daughter is a recent college graduate and her son is a college sophomore. Lynn is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
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Because of the ridiculously complicated issue of financing, parents need to complete all kinds of financial calculations -- ones I'd never heard of, like the Expected Family Contribution and the Net Price Calculator -- in order to estimate the true cost of any college their child is considering. I sort of knew about the FAFSA paperwork that you fill out in order to qualify for financial aid, but because of this book and a subsequent call to a college my son is considering, I learned that I need to complete paperwork other than FAFSA a year early if we submit applications for early decision or early action. You'll also find some great inside information on how to tip the scales in your favor in the admissions game: for example, if you're a male, you're going to look good to a liberal arts college with a high percentage of female students.
Another book parents of high school students must read is The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Stier. The author wanted to know how to prepare her son for taking the SAT, so she took the test herself seven times! She has lots of real-world tips for preparing for the test and for taking the test. That's another big message of Ms. O'Shaughnessy's book -- the importance of that SAT score, a student's grade point average and class ranking. My kid's not going to be slacking off any time soon!
One word of caution: Don't simply accept that everything in The College Solution is accurate. In one chapter, Ms. O'Shaughnessy says that 90 percent of New Jersey students stay within their own borders to attend college. The exact opposite is true: New Jersey has an education brain drain. About 35,000 students leave the state for college each year; only a few thousand stay in-state, according to the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Most of the information in the book can be easily checked against other sources online, though, so if you're in doubt, do some research on your own.
Moreover, I appreciate that Ms. O'Shaughnessy also recognizes the benefits of college which cannot be measured in dollars and cents. While she provides the reader manageable tasks for the college search, she does not attempt to characterize the decision as formulaic.
In my opinion, this resource is a fundamental one to keep on hand during the application and admissions processes.