4 Financing College Books

View these books as an investment: spend a little on them now for a huge return later.

Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education you want for the Price You Can Afford by Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik, Career Press, is a one-step guide to college selection and college financing, essential in today’s economy. This book covers such topics as the seven biggest myths about paying for college, federal, state, and student loans, and completing the FAFSA and Profile. Its unique approach, aimed at college-bound young people, emphasizes basing the college search on what they can afford and “who will fund you to attend their institution.” Special features include charts on calculating costs, financial aid timelines, and profiles of selected schools which offer the best merit aid. Together, authors Stack and Vedvik, have more than 70 years experience in college admissions and financial aid.

Financing College: How to Use Savings, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Loans to Afford the School of Your Choice, a Kiplinger book by Kristin Davis is a must-read for the family of any college-bound student.
In it the author describes the best ways to develop a sound investment and savings plan for your child’s college education, and how to get the most from financial aid, grants, scholarships, and loans.

The book is enhanced by worksheets, charts, and cartoons. Kristin Davis is a senior associate editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.

The Ultimate Scholarship Book: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships by Gen and Kelly Tanabe, is a comprehensive guide to more than 1.5 million in scholarship awards and grants. This well-organized, reader-friendly book covers such topics as where to find the best scholarships, writing a winning scholarship essay, getting great recommendations, and acing the scholarship interview. This husband and wife team, Harvard gradates Gen and Kelly Tanabe, are the recipients of over $100,000 in merit-based scholarships and the authors of twelve books including Get Free Cash for College and 1001 Ways to Pay for College.

Scholarship Handbook, published by CollegeBoard is a comprehensive guide to over 1.7 million in scholarship awards. Special features include: eligibility indexes that match you to scholarships based on residency, religion, ethnicity, and field of study; number of applicants for each award; separate sections for internships; current information based on annual survey of scholarship sponsors; Scholarship Application Planners so students can keep track of applications and deadlines; and more.
This handbook also provides insider information on avoiding scholarship scams.

By Annie Perez

Financing College Websites

Our massive directory lists thousands of sources for financing your college education, but there’s still thousands more. Please remember that some websites may be more helpful to you than others. No single site will have all the answers, or even always correct answers, but visiting a variety of sites can lead you to the right decision.

Here are some:

Federal Student Aid (English): http://studentaid.ed.gov/

Federal Student Aid (Español): http://studentaid.ed.gov/es

5 Reasons You Should Complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/01/5-reasons-you-should-complete-the-free-application-for-federal-student-aid-fafsa/

Get Federal Help Paying for College: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Financial Aid Overview: http://www2.ed.gov/finaid/landing.jhtml

Your Federal Student Loans: Learn the basics and manage your debt: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/siteresources/11-12YFSL.pdf

SallieMae (materials in both English and Spanish): http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/sections/download.html

National Science Foundation: Gateway to 100s of scholarships: www.nsf.gov

Cal Grants: http://www.calgrants.org/

American Indian Scholarships & Grants, Bureau of Indian Affairs: http://www.bie.edu/ParentsStudents/Grants/index.htm