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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.
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.
The book is 'new' in the sense that unlike some other handbooks the authors encourage college bound students and their parents to focus their college search on schools that 'will fund you' to go to their school. Even better, they show you how to do that!
In planning for filling out the FAFSA (for potential federal financial aid and low interest loans) and the CSS (a much longer, detailed form required by some private colleges to assist them in dispersing their funds), I was looking for a book to give me a baseline understanding of the process and provide honest advice regarding the process. Upon opening this book I was thrilled to find it was exactly what I'd hoped it would be - very helpful!
The book covers several topics related to admission and paying for college, but obviously (from the title...) it's mainly about paying for college and the process of how to get financial aid. The authors talk about the myths related to applying for aid, terminology related to forms, how much a family can expect to be responsible for (EFC - Estimated Family Contribution), merit awards, picking a college based upon cost, debt after college, comparing colleges, ratings and rankings of colleges, and having a plan 'b' when your first choice doesn't work out.
The book isn't on the most titillating of subjects, but it's fun to read. The authors write with a friendly tone, using humor when possible to bring home valuable points.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is so well-researched and insightful; a wake-up call to the risks of college debt. Read, absorb, share with your student; do the math! Read morePublished 1 month ago by anothermama
I found this book to be very empowering! It is very well written and easy to understand. It is definately worth reading and takes some of the mystery out of what you may be paying... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shari McKune
This book sends a message that all parents and college-bound kids need to hear: "Let go of the admission pressure! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 months ago by LadyArt