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Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents Paperback – August 31, 2010
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In keeping with the new frugality, this college guide, written by a senior attending the University of Massachusetts, offers practical advice on how to pay for college without taking out loans. Decidedly old school in approach, Bissonnette advocates that students should bear the brunt of paying for their educations by working while in college and during breaks. He also suggests that attending community college for two years before transferring to a four-year college or university would go a long way toward cutting costs. Systematically and amusingly debunking the selection criteria used by U.S. News and World Report and others to rank elite colleges, Bissonnette is a strong advocate of attending reasonably priced state schools. He makes good points about how debt from student loans often prevents recent grads from starting families or buying homes. He also presents convincing research that elite graduate programs and selective employers accept plenty of people who have attended nonelite schools. Although the strictly dollars-and-cents approach to higher education may not sit well with some parents, this is a timely guide to a decision that has important financial ramifications. --Joanne Wilkinson
"If the National Association for College Admissions Counseling had anticipated the dire consequences of one of the smartest teenagers in America encountering the ill-examined assumptions of their profession, they might have found some way to buy him off, maybe a full ride scholarship to Harvard. Too late. Bissonnette is 21 now, a senior at the University of Massachusetts. He has written the best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process."
-Jay Mathews, "The Washington Post"
"Let Zac Bissonnette help you plan for college-where to go, what to study, and how to pay for it-and you will finish rich"
-David Bach #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Automatic Millionaire" and "Start Late, Finish Rich"
"In the new economy, your college choice is critical. Zac Bissonnette's "Debt- Free U" is the one book you need to make this life-changing decision-- thoroughly researched, smart, and funny. Grade: A+."
-Ali Rogers, CBS Moneywatch. Author, "Diary of a Real Estate Rookie"
"With Bissonnette, college-bound students and their parents finally have an unbiased source to help make an educated decision about choosing and affording college. Not to mention, his advice can help you pocket tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Want to make a smart investment in this economy? Buy "Debt-Free U"."
-Farnoosh Torabi, financial expert and author of "Psych Yourself Rich"
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"Never take anyone who has a vested interest in lying to you at their word. Even if he's an ethical person, his incentives and motivations are different from yours and his advice will be geared toward his interests, not yours."
"If there is only one thing that you get out of this book, let it be this: do not risk your own financial well-being to help your kids go to college."
"Find a school whose academic strengths match your interests and which devotes resources to instruction in those fields. Recognize that your own motivation, ambition and talents will determine your success more than the college name on your diploma."
"Put another way: your child does not want to put himself in a position where he's living in a dilapidated studio apartment in a bad neighborhood in fifteen years, dutifully sending Sallie Mae checks every month to pay for the wonderful dorm room he stayed in."
"DO NOT let anyone tell you that one college will provide better earning power than others. There is no evidence of this. What will determine your child's success will be his talent, determination, and work ethic, and the career path that he elects to pursue."
- what are the ways to finance your school
- what you should be mindful of when you apply for FAFSA to get maximum financial aid
- what are pros and cons of attending community colleges and why that can be a lot better option for you or your child
- how to get maximum out of your school
This book will also give you couple of ideas on how to finance your educational expences without taking student loans, why you should avoid taking those loans and if you have no other options - which loans are the best.
This book is filled with referrals to studies, surveys and books, so that if you feel like this is is not enough you will know where to look for more.
Debt-free U is an absolute must read for all younger new immigrants who will have to go to school but have to idea of educational system of the US.