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

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FT Press, Jun 6, 2008 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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The College Solution helps readers look beyond over-hyped admission rankings to discover schools that offer a quality education at affordable prices. Taking the guesswork out of saving and finding money for college, this is a practical and insightful must-have guide for every parent!”

—Jaye J. Fenderson, Seventeen’s College Columnist and Author, Seventeen’s Guide to Getting into College


“This book is a must read in an era of rising tuition and falling admission rates. O’Shaughnessy offers good advice with blessed clarity and brevity.”

—Jay Mathews, Washington Post Education Writer and Columnist


“I would recommend any parent of a college-bound student read The College Solution.”

—Kal Chany, Author, The Princeton Review’s Paying for College Without Going Broke


The College Solution goes beyond other guidebooks in providing an abundance of information about how to afford college, in addition to how to approach the selection process by putting the student first.”

—Martha “Marty” O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives


“Lynn O’Shaughnessy always focuses on what’s in the consumer’s best interest, telling families how to save money and avoid making costly mistakes.”

—Mark Kantrowitz, Publisher, and Author, FastWeb College Gold


“An antidote to the hype and hysteria about getting in and paying for college! O’Shaughnessy has produced an excellent overview that demystifies the college planning process for students and families.”

—Barmak Nassirian, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers


For millions of families, the college planning experience has become extremely stressful. And, unless your child is an elite student in the academic top 1%, most books on the subject won’t help you.

Now, however, there’s a college guide for everyone. In The College Solution, top personal finance journalist Lynn O’Shaughnessy presents an easy-to-use roadmap to finding the right college program (not just the most hyped) and dramatically reducing the cost of college, too.

Forget the rankings! Discover what really matters: the quality and value of the programs your child wants and deserves.

O’Shaughnessy uncovers “industry secrets” on how colleges actually parcel out financial aid—and how even “average” students can maximize their share. Learn how to send your kids to expensive private schools for virtually the cost of an in-state public college...and how promising students can pay significantly less than the “sticker price” even at the best state universities.

No other book offers this much practical guidance on choosing a college...and no other book will save you as much money!


•  Secrets your school’s guidance counselor doesn’t know yet

The surprising ways colleges have changed how they do business

•  Get every dime of financial aid that’s out there for you

Be a “fly on the wall” inside the college financial aid office

•  U.S. News & World Report: clueless about your child

Beyond one-size-fits-all rankings: finding the right program for your teenager

• The best bargains in higher education

Overlooked academic choices that just might be perfect for you


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User Review  - geneie -

I ordered this book for our daughters family who have a son going to college soon. This book gives parents practical useful information on the various aspects of financing college. It has been very helpful for our family. Read full review

Right College for the Right Price

User Review  - taxmommy - Borders

This book gave me hope that there are still wonderful schools out there willing to help with college costs. It also confirmed what other parents have told me-that the in-state school you think will ... Read full review


Capturing Financial Aid
Capturing Tuition Discounts
Finding Great Academic Fits
Overlooked Academic Choices
Exploring Community Colleges
College Admissions Nuts Bolts
College Diversity
Economizing for College
Navigating the Student Loan Maze
Maximizing College Accounts
The Folks Back Home
The College Solution Cheat Sheet
Resource Guide

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About the author (2008)

Lynn O’Shaughnessy has been a professional journalist for three decades. She is a former Los Angeles Times reporter and syndicated columnist, and a financial journalist. Her previous books include Unofficial Guide to Investing, Investing Bible, and Retirement Bible. She has contributed to such publications as BusinessWeek, Money Magazine, USA Today, Chronicle of Philanthropy, AARP The Magazine, Wealth Manager Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, Bottom Line Personal, and Consumer Reports MoneyAdviser. She is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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