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The College Solution A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price,9780132944670

The College Solution A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 4/23/2012
Publisher(s): Ft Pr
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For the 99% of families whose kids aren't going to Harvard, Lynn O'Shaughnessy's The College Solutionis the #1 guide on choosing and paying for the right college. Now, O'Shaughnessy has completely updated this best-seller to reflect massive recent changes in college financing. O'Shaughnessy shows how to slash college costs today and how many students can still go to "private" for virtually the cost of "in-state public." This brand-new Second Edition reveals how to use new government-mandated online price calculators to make more intelligent cost projections than ever before. O'Shaughnessy explains dramatic changes in the student loan landscape, offering up-to-the-minute advice for getting the right loan, and avoiding the wrong one. She presents up-to-the-minute "industry secrets" about how colleges really parcel out financial aid and how even "average" students can get more of it. Families will learn how to use colleges' extensive new Facebook presences to evaluate schools more effectively… what every parent of an athlete must know about athletic scholarships… and how to make sure a college actually delivers the knowledge and skills it promises. O'Shaughnessy integrates this crucial new information into her easy-to-use, proven roadmap for getting past the ratings, and finding the right program at the right price. No other book offers this much practical guidance on choosing and paying for college now and no other book will save you as much money!

Author Biography

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized higher-ed author, journalist, and speaker. She writes frequently about college issues for CBS MoneyWatch and for her own popular college blog at


Lynn has written or been interviewed about college for such media outlets as Money Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Fox Business News, Huffington Post, Parade Magazine, CBS This Morning, USA Today, and US News & World Report. She is the consulting director of college planning, K-12, at the University of California, San Diego Extension. She also is a frequent speaker on how families can find and afford great schools. Lynn’s daughter is a recent college graduate and her son is a college sophomore. Lynn is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xii
Shrinking the Cost of College
Making College More Affordablep. 2
Show Me the Moneyp. 4
The Colleges with the Best Financial Aidp. 9
Who Gets Financial Aid?p. 16
Winning the Educational Lotteryp. 21
Calculating Your Expected Family Contributionp. 25
A Revolutionary Calculatorp. 28
The Allure of Out-of-State Public Universitiesp. 33
Looking Across State Lines for a Bargainp. 40
Capturing Private Scholarshipsp. 44
Will Saving for College Hurt Your Financial Aid Chances?p. 48
Maximizing Financial Aidp. 53
More Ways to Shrink the Cost of Collegep. 58
Appealing the Verdictp. 62
Getting Grandma to Helpp. 67
Increasing Your Admission Chances
Boosting Your Chancesp. 72
Finding the Right Matchp. 74
Ditching the Testp. 79
Showing a College Some Lovep. 85
When Talent Is the Hookp. 89
The Realities of Athletic Scholarshipsp. 91
The Geographic Hookp. 99
Why Being Rich Helpsp. 104
The Legacy Hookp. 107
Playing the Gender Cardp. 110
Diversity Blueprintp. 113
The Asian Student Dilemmap. 120
Knowing Your Academic Choices
What's the Difference Between a College and a University?p. 124
The Ivy League Mythp. 127
What Is a Research University?p. 132
What University Professors Dop. 137
The Beauty of Liberal Arts CoUegesp. 141
What Is a Medium-Sized University?p. 149
Why Community Colleges Are Popularp. 153
Nine Ways to Generate College Ideasp. 158
Evaluating the Academics
Are Students Really Learning?p. 162
What's Wrong with US News & World Report's College Rankingsp. 159
The Right Way to Use College Rankingsp. 175
College Rankings: An Alternativep. 179
The Hallmarks of a Student-Centered Universityp. 182
Staying in College Too Longp. 186
Grading Academic Departmentsp. 193
Kicking the Tiresp. 195
Admission Nuts and Bolts
What You Need to Know About High School Counselorsp. 202
What You Need to Know About Independent College Counselorsp. 209
Knowing What to Do Whenp. 216
Writing Your Way Into Collegep. 222
Visiting College Campusesp. 226
Acing the College Interviewp. 230
Transferring to a Different Collegep. 235
Getting Credit for Your Workp. 240
Borrowing for College
The Best Student Loansp. 244
Private College Loan Perilsp. 248
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