If you have a child who is planning to attend college within a
few years, you will find this e-book, Never Pay Retail for
College, by Andrew Lockwood and Peter Ratzan to be worthwhile
reading! In today's economy, many parents simply have no way of
saving the full amount for their child's college education. And
if they have put funds aside for that purpose, they are usually
shocked to find that the money saved is usually just a drop in
the bucket in comparison to what higher education actually ends
up costing! I know firsthand from my own college-attending daughters
that tuition costs in our area have gone up quite a bit since last
year. So what's a family to do?
The subtitle of this e-book is "A comprehensive, money-saving
guide to maximizing your eligibility for aid even if you've been
told 'You won't qualify!' " And while that's quite a mouthful,
the authors have indeed left no stone unturned as they present
information that is designed to help the " 'forgotten middle class'
parents of college-bound teens, struggling with how to cope with
the high costs of college." (from the e-book)
They also state (on their website) that this resource is a "collection
of valuable facts, tips and strategies we employ every day for
our clients. Now you can use the same methods immediately to obtain
more grants, scholarships and other financial aid than you thought
The same tactics are being used by others - no smarter and, in some cases with
higher incomes and assets than you - to qualify for shocking amounts of financial
Never Pay Retail for College is a how-to manual that
guides the parent around possible pitfalls and gives information
about filling out the often-confusing forms that are mandatory
when applying for financial aid, including the infamous FAFSA statement.
According to the authors, many people (up to 53% of qualifying
families) don't apply for financial aid because they think they
make too much money. They don't want to bother filling out forms
because they don't think they'll qualify anyway. In addition, the
forms truly can be a headache to complete. However, according to
Lockwood and Ratzan, EVERYONE should apply for financial aid. They
quote the Wall Street Journal as reporting that "families
earning six-figures regularly receive five-figure financial aid
awards." In this e-book, the authors share ideas, strategies, and
insider secrets on how to maximize your chances of qualifying for
Chapter titles include "How To Read This Book," "Why You Won't
Hear Any of This Info from Your Counselor," "The Five Biggest Financial
Aid Myths," "How To Build Your College List," "Three 'Good Debt'
Options," "Avoiding Scholarship Scams," and many more.
The authors also offer workshops about this same information,
and they have helped many parents navigate the uncertain maze of
trying to help their children receive a college education without
forfeiting everything they have. They stress the importance of
starting early to prepare for applying for financial aid. You can
find out more about this e-book, upcoming workshops, products and
services, articles, and more at http://www.collegeplanningadvice.com .