Synopses & Reviews
The projected cost of attending a public college for one year now equals the cost of buying a new car. If you want to attend a private college, double that amount. And don't forget to multiply your total by four for the grand total. Can anyone afford to send a student to college without going into grand debt? Yes, says Gordon Wadsworth, a financial advisor on finding a college education. He points out strategies and resources to help students (and their parents) pay for the high cost of college whether the students enter this year of fifteen years from now. With fourteen appendices containing financial charts, finding resources, savings strategies, and even a sample budget for students to use during their college years, here's a tool that studends and parents will find as helpful as any college catalog.
The projected cost of attending a public college for one year now equals the cost of buying a new car. In Cost Effective College, Gordon Wadsworth teaches all the ins and outs of college financing. He includes myriad strategies and resources to help students, and parents pay for college now and in the future.
About the Author
GORDON WADSWORTH is President of Financial Aid Information Services, which helps families with budgeting and credit reduction strategies. After studying advertising and journalism at the University of Iowa and spending two years as a writer and photographer in the military, Gordon returned to college and graduated from San Jose State University. An accomplished speaker, he has addressed thousands of people facing financial challenges, including parents planning for their students' college finances. He is a licensed minister and has also spent nearly 20 years working with prison inmates in both state and federal institutions. Gordon is author of Cost Effective College and The College Trap.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction: The Climbing Cost of a College Education1. Choosing a College2. How to Apply for Financial Aid3. Student Grants and Work-Study Programs4. Scholarship Programs5. Athletic Scholarships6. Service-Cancelable Loans: Loans that Become Grants7. Alternative Funding8. Military Options9. Money Management for Students10. Strategies for Paying for College11. The Last Resort12. About Distance EducationAppendicesAppendix 1: Financial Aid Versus CostsAppendix 2: Career OpportunitiesAppendix 3: College Application ChecklistAppendix 4: Sample FAFSA and PROFILE FormsAppendix 5: Expected Family Contribution: Sample AnalysesAppendix 6: State GrantsAppendix 7: Internet Connections and Scholarship SearchesAppendix 8: Tax ProvisionsAppendix 9: Applying for the Robert C. Byrd ScholarshipAppendix 10: Essay PreparationAppendix 11: Sample Student Loan PaymentsAppendix 12: A Sample BudgetAppendix 13: Projected Costs and Necessary Savings for CollegeAppendix 14: Prepaid Tuition Programs