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Sallie Mae How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families [Paperback]

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Aimed at parents who are footing their children's college tuition bill, this guide explores everything from financial aid and scholarships to student loans and work-study programs. Sallie Mae, the nation's leading provider of education funding, has assembled an elite group of financial aid officers at respected colleges to provide a behind-the-scenes look at how financial aid works and what parents can do to maximize the amount they receive. This comprehensive guide is filled with useful tips, strategies and advice to help all families create a plan to pay for college.

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 6.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Supercollege, Llc
ISBN  1932662049  
ISBN13  9781932662047  

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More About Gen Tanabe

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gen and Kelly Tanabe won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free. They are the authors of 14 books including How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay, Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays and The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.

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Helpful  Jan 28, 2007
This book was a little helpful and we did learn a lot from it. For the price it is worth the money. So if you have a HS Senior, its worth the investment
Necessary read  Aug 29, 2006
This book was very educational and hard to put down. Very useful
information. Highly recommend it to anyone with kids going to college in the next couple of years.
A "must-have" for every prospective college student who isn't independently wealthy  Mar 11, 2006
Collabortively co-authored by Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe, How To Pay For College: A Practical Guide for Families is a no-nonsense guide sponsored by the "paying for college company" Sallie Mae, which is well known for the award-winning website dedicated to providing parents and students with answers to questions about the college process. Written in plain, no-nonsense terms, chapters instruct the reader about how the financial aid process works, how to choose the best financial aid package and what to do if it's not enough, where to find the best scholarships for one's income levels, the best way to save for college including choosing the right 529 savings plan, how to avoid financial aid scams that steal one's money (one red flag is that only scammers will "guarantee" a scholarship for a fee, as legitimate scholarships are based solely on merit and need), and much more. An in-depth resource filled with up-to-date advice, that walks the reader through the basics of filling out forms and exhorts how easy it is to learn about the newest scholarships on the world wide web. A "must-have" for every prospective college student who isn't independently wealthy.
Earns a Permanent Spot on my Bookshelf  Nov 23, 2005
I've been a college counselor for 15 years and each year I'm responsible for helping 200 seniors find the right college. I have witnessed many changes in admission but by far the most difficult challenge today is helping families pay for the great colleges that their children get into. What good is it to get into a college if you can't afford to go? This is why I was particularly interested in this book when one of my colleagues gave me a copy to review.

Over the years I have read hundreds of books on college planning. Of those only a very small percentage make it into my permanent collection of useful references. This book not only made it into my collection but I consider it to be the "best of the best."

Why? Because it honestly lays out the challenges of paying for college faced by most families and then systematically presents realistic solutions. The authors do not present their solutions in a dogmatic fashion but give the reader all of the options to let the individual family choose the best solution for their situation. This is very important since many books give cookie-cutter solutions, which just do not work in the real world.

Is it ironic that one of the best books on paying for college comes from Sallie Mae - a provider of student loans? Maybe. But the fact remains that Sallie Mae has put together a terrific resource. You won't find "plugs" for loans. In fact, you get just the opposite. The book makes it clear that loans are your last option and it encourages you to find scholarships, apply for financial aid, and perhaps the most underappreciated way to pay for college - save money. The one chapter on student loans is very informative and like the rest of the book presents options rather than directs you into a preconceived direction.

"How to Pay for College" earned a permanent place on my bookshelf and I recommend it to the students and parents at my school.
One of the Best Books on College Planning  Sep 2, 2005
As a certified financial planner I work with families who are struggling to save for college. I am always on the lookout for new resources and this book by Sallie Mae is at the top of my list. While there is too much to describe in a short review, let me just say that each chapter contains succinct, easy to understand, and top-notch advice. The book contains many examples and the explanations are written so even a non-expert can understand. The tips and anecdotes from the financial aid officers which appear on many of the pages are invaluable and give the reader a view of financial aid that we don't normally see. Sallie Mae should be commended for putting out a terrific book.

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