My latest book is The Complete Guide to Paying for College. Geared towards the middle class, it offers surprising ways to pay for college. This advice will resonate with millions of middle-class families. These are the folks that never made enough to fully fund a 529 college savings plan yet don’t earn enough to pay for college out of pocket.
Here are some topics the book covers:
- How to find bona fide scholarships, not spam and scams.
- Where parents can work to receive tuition benefits.
- The pros and cons of earning college credits before graduating high school.
- Which schools give out the most merit aid, even if you’re not a rocket scientist.
- Why your local state school may not be the best deal when it comes to paying for college.
More about The Complete Guide to Paying for College
College costs are straining every family except the richest. Most financial aid goes to the neediest families. The middle class typically doesn’t qualify for need-based financial aid. Again, these are families that can’t afford to pay cash for college and their salaries haven’t allowed them to save enough to cover all costs. If these families are trying to put more than one child through college, the challenges of paying for college are exponential.
You may have been asking how your child can receive a quality education even though you can’t pay today’s college tuition out of pocket. Well, The Complete Guide to Paying for College is the answer. This step-by-step guide includes actionable tips to save on education costs and the many living expenses―room, board, books, activities. This advice applies to the first year and beyond. Paying for college just got easier to understand for millions of families.
The book even addresses the latest news and trends in paying for college–including free tuition at state schools, such as New York State’s new Excelsior Scholarship program. Is it the good deal that Albany lawmakers make it out to be? Buy the book to find out.
Talking About Paying for College on Social Media
In the meantime, follow me on Twitter and “Like” my Confident Spender page on Facebook. On each of these social media outlets, I am posting regularly about #payingforcollege and #tuition topics. These tweets and Facebook posts are must reads for families of high school students applying to college.
In addition, starting in August, I will be doing weekly Facebook Live broadcasts to talk about paying for college. I haven’t decided what day of the week or what time of day I will be doing them. However, the beauty of Facebook Live is this: if you “Like” my page, you’ll get a notification when I go Live. Then, after the fact, the video will be available to view on the page. Good to know if you can’t view my broadcast Live.
If you have suggestions for topics you’d like to see me address or questions you’d like me to answer in a Facebook Live, please post a comment below.
While we’re on the topic of paying for college, you may also me interested in reading these blog posts previously published right here on this site:
How to Understand a Financial Aid Letter
If your child is lucky enough to receive financial aid, that will surely help you pay for college. However, financial aid letters aren’t always as straightforward as they should be. In this blog post about reading a financial aid letter, I explain the difference between grants, scholarships and loans. I also offer advice on how to determine when a financial aid offer is worth accepting.
Sibling Discounts at College
A handful of our friends have children attending the same college, even though those children aren’t twins or multiples. While many colleges offer twin or triplet discounts, many others having a sibling discount or sibling scholarship. What this means is when your children’s time at the college overlaps, you could save money on your tuition bill. This blog post on sibling discounts explains how that all works.
Furnishing a Dorm Room on a Budget
This blog post includes a video segment I shot with my then college freshman daughter Jane. We visited a local thrift store to show you you can furnish a dorm room on a budget. This interview aired on 6ABC in Philadelphia in a “Saving with 6ABC” segment.
The Complete Guide to Paying for College officially publishes in September 2017. However, it is available for pre-order now on Amazon. If you’re interested in bringing me in as a speaker to your school, community center or library, or you’d like to book me for a media interview, I’d love to hear from you. My contact form will shoot me an email straightaway.