The Complete Guide to Paying for College
Save Money, Cut Costs, and Get More for Your Education Dollar
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Leah Ingram, aka The Confident Spender, has been showing people how to be smart with their money for more than a decade, helping thousands of people, regardless of their age or income, feel good about their finances. A regular contributor to Parade.com, her work has appeared in AARP, Good Housekeeping, Costco Connection, and many other publications. She is the author of 15 books and appears on radio and TV frequently to share money-saving advice. She has partnered with a number of brands over the years, including Bank of America, Chase, Walmart, and Valpak. A native New Yorker, Leah holds a degree in journalism from New York University and lives in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. For more information, visit www.LeahIngram.com, or follow her on social media.
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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, even though most 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 are exponential.
If you’ve been asking how your child can receive a quality education even though you can’t pay today’s college tuition out of pocket, 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–that apply to the first year and beyond.
Leah Ingram–a money-saving expert and parent of two college students–reveals the “insider tricks” to pay for college, including:
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.
Paying for college just got a lot easier for millions of families!
"Leah Ingram illustrates some of the unique and often rarely spoken about tactics for making college affordable. I utilized some of these techniques myself to graduate debt free, such as taking AP and IB classes to graduate high school with a year's worth of college credits and entering university as a sophomore and legacy scholarships as well as academic scholarships. Parents and students alike will find this a helpful resource to minimize the hefty price tag of college."--Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial
"The Complete Guide to Paying For College examines every nook and cranny of how to afford the high and soaring cost of higher education. Leah offers practical solutions and easy to understand explanations for the various funding mechanisms and expenses that students and parents will face during the college experience."--Douglas A. Boneparth, CFP ® and coauthor, The Millennial Money Fix
"The Complete Guide to Paying for College goes beyond the usual advice and delves into what you as a parent can do while your kids are young, while you're seeking college aid and while your students are in school. She goes beyond the usual advice to explore prepaid options, schools that are tuition-free, whether community college is always the best deal and how to evaluate financial aid offers. You need this book no matter what your child's age."--Teresa Mears, publisher, Living on the Cheap, www.livingonthecheap.com
"Smartly paying for college without sacrificing your (or your child's) financial future can seem like an overwhelming task. You need a relevant, timely resource to help you put it all together. Thankfully, Leah Ingram has done just that in her new book. She covers it all--from justifying the expense of higher education to spending wisely while there. Grab this guide and feel confident that you've got an up-to-date, comprehensive tool to help you make the smartest financial decisions toward your college experience."--Philip Taylor, FinCon Founder
"This well-written and engaging book is a must-read for any parent who is worried about paying for college. If you're in the middle class, you often don't qualify for traditional financial aid. And trying to pay the sticker price for a degree isn't even a possibility. But now you have an easy-to-follow blueprint for financial survival during your kid's college years. Money-saving expert, Leah Ingram, offers insider tips that show you how to save money and still give your child a quality education. This book is a great resource and it deserves a permanent spot on your nightstand."
--Beverly Harzog, author, Confessions of a Credit Junkie and The Debt Escape Plan