- Paperback: 82 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1502787741
- ISBN-13: 978-1502787743
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Scholarship System: 6 Simple Steps on How to Win Scholarships and Financial Aid
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About the Author
Jocelyn Paonita is a recent college graduate with ZERO student loans. Not only was her entire college experience paid for including 6 months living abroad, but she also received a cash check each semester for any additional expenses. Her goal in life is to share her strategies with as students as possible so that they too can get their college experience paid for. This is not only through The Scholarship System but also through speaking seminars and workshops at high schools and colleges. Jocelyn graduated from the #1 International Business program at the Darla Moore School of Business and works as a financial analyst.
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Lately I've been doing a lot of driving so it is nice to listen to these self help how to guides while I drive.
Definitely makes me feel like I am taking advantage of my time, so props to the author on supplying the audio book for free.
On to the actual book:
It is a brief 70 pages or so. Which is typically a good sign to me.
Anytime I download a self help book, I am looking for clear concise content.
Any self help book that is several hundreds of pages long, is typically filled with fluff and non useful information.
The book is broken into the following 6 steps
Step 1: Getting in the money making mindset
This section features some content that I've seen in other books before, but the purpose of providing this content has a a definite purpose and enriches the rest of the book.
Step 2: Understanding College Financial Aid 101
This section is HUGE for High School Seniors about to go into College, Parents sending a child to college for the first time, or anyone who has not waded through the financial aid process themselves. The content in this section is available elsewhere online, but not all in one place, and not in such a clear and concise format.
Step 3: The Hunt is On: Finding Scholarships That Have Little Competition Yet Can Fund Your Free Ride
In this section we encounter brand new content straight from the source. The $5 value is covered in this section tenfold.
Step 4: Heat Up Your Application - Successful Strategies on Becoming a Competitive Candidate
At first glance this seemed a bit of common sense to me. As I was reading I caught myself. I definitely did not think about these strategies when I was still in college, and I know I definitely would not have thought of them while still in High School. It was at this point in the book that I found myself aligning with a lot of the other reviewers in feeling the "I wish I'd known this way back when" feeling. Nostalgia hit me hard, and I can really see how this book could benefit students.
Step 5: Crushing Scholarship Applications one at a time Choosing Your Process
To a High School or College student, procrastination runs rampant. One of the only ways to get teenagers to work through applications like this is to give them very concise instructions. This section accomplishes that, I believe.
Step 6: You've Won The Money: Closing the Deal So More Money Comes Your Way
This section touches on two very key lessons in life: showing gratitude, and paying taxes.
There is still nothing that beats a quality Thank You letter, so I was pleased to see this taught as common practice.
The taxes section would also be quite useful to students, as taxes are not something many are accustomed to thinking about at their current stage of life.
In closing: This is a short, informative, and pleasant read that would have greatly benefited me were I still in college. I look forward to seeing some success stories this book will undoubtedly create. I gave Jocelyn my email address in exchange for the free audio book, so I have no doubts in my mind that I will be informed when the success stories start rolling in!
Note: I did not touch on the action guide in this review because I did not use the action guide.
I got the book and it is OK. for $5 It is good advice if you are just starting your money for college search.
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