Books About Strategies for Maximizing Aid/Negotiating
- FastWeb College Gold: The
Step-by-Step Guide to Paying for College, Harper Collins,
September 2006. $21.95. 305 pages. Includes information about
maximizing eligibility for need-based financial aid, winning
scholarships, saving for college, avoiding common errors and
scholarship scams, completing financial aid application forms,
evaluating college financial aid packages and comparing student loan
options and borrowing costs. To order a copy or for more information,
visit the book's companion web site
- Kalman A. Chany and Geoff Martz,
The Princeton Review Student Access Guide to Paying
for College 1995,
3rd edition, Villard Books, New York, 1994.
ISBN 0-67974-497-0 ($16.00). 285 pages. Revised
strategies for maximizing aid and how to fill out
financial aid forms. Also talks about innovative
payment plans and solutions to unusual problems. To
order a copy, write to Villard Books, Random House,
New York, NY 10022.
- Kristin Davis,
Kiplinger Times Business (Random House), Washington, DC, 1996.
ISBN 0-8129-2827-X ($15.00). 288 pages. A good
guide to financial planning for college. Discusses
saving and investing for college, prepaid
tuition plans, increasing eligibility for financial
aid, searching for scholarships, and loans. Contains an
in-depth look at the best investments for your
college fund. Includes several worksheets, including
one you can use to calculate your expected family
contribution (EFC). The emphasis is on practical and
realistic advice, such as a list of ways to cut your
expenses and tips on how to manage your cash flow.
To order a copy, call 1-800-280-7165 or write to
Kiplinger Books and Tapes, PO Box 85193, Richmond,
- Alice Drum and Richard Kneedler,
Funding a College Education: Finding the Right
School for Your Child and the Right Fit for Your Budget,
Harvard Business School Press, 1996.
ISBN 0-87584-628-9 ($14.95 plus $4 shipping). 235
pages. This book discusses planning for a college
education for your children. It includes an overview
of financial aid and the application process, tools
for comparing award letters, and worksheets for
computing the college expenses and the family's
ability to pay for college. The latter worksheet
does not compute the expected family contribution
(EFC), but rather a detailed analysis of the
financial resources available to the family. This is
more of a budgeting exercise than an EFC
calculation, and includes an expense reduction
worksheet. By going through this exercise you can
identify where to sacrifice in order to meet your
children's college expenses. They also review
strategies for sheltering funds from the need
analysis process. A good general overview from a
To order a copy, write to Harvard Business
School Press, 60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163 or call
1-800-545-7685 (or 1-617-495-6117) or 1-800-988-0886
(or 1-617-496-1449). Orders may also be placed with
McGraw-Hill; to order, call 1-800-722-4726 or write
to McGraw-Hill, Inc., Customer Services, PO Box 545,
Blacklick, OH 43004-0545.
- Stephanie Gallagher,
Money Secrets the Pros Don't Want You to Known,
AMACOM, New York, 1995.
ISBN 0-8144-7893-X ($17.95). 246 pages. This book
includes a 19-page chapter about financing a college
education, with advice on saving for college,
maximizing eligibility for financial aid, and
cutting college costs. To order a copy, write to AMACOM,
American Management Association, 135 West 50th
Street, New York, NY 10020.
- Peter V. Laurenzo CFP,
College Financial Aid: How to Get Your Fair Share,
3rd edition, Hudson Financial Press, Albany, New York, 1995.
ISBN 0-96299-612-2 ($10.95 + $2.50 shipping and handling). 137 pages. Peter
Laurenzo is a principal of College Aid Planning
Associates, Inc. of Albany, New York. The book
discusses college financial planning and maximizing
eligibility for aid, with an overview of federal
financial aid. To order a copy, call 1-518-435-9042,
fax 1-518-435-9044, write to Hudson Financial Press,
6 Executive Park Drive, Albany, NY 12203, or send email
- Anna Leider and Robert Leider,
Don't Miss Out: The Ambitious Student's Guide to
21st edition, Octameron Associates, Alexandria, Virginia, September 1996.
ISBN 1-57509-009-0 ($7.50). 144 pages. Revised
annually. This book includes strategies for
maximizing financial aid and a list of private aid sources.
Densely packed with information. Available for free
on the World Wide Web. To order this or
other Octameron books, call 1-703-836-5480 or write
to Octameron Associates, PO Box 2748, Alexandria, VA
- Donald Moore,
Financial Aid Officers: What They Do To You and
8th edition, Octameron Associates, Alexandria, Virginia, September 1994.
ISBN 0-945981-88-0 ($4.00). 28 pages. This book
discusses the role of the financial aid
administrator. It provides advice for students and
parents on how to 'negotiate' with financial
aid administrators to improve your aid package. To order
this or other Octameron books, call 1-703-836-5480
or write to Octameron Associates, PO Box 2748,
Alexandria, VA 22301.
- Pat Ordovensky,
USA Today - Financial Aid for College: A Quick Guide
to Everything You Need to Know, With the New 1996 Forms,
Peterson's Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, 1995.
ISBN 1-56079-377-5 ($8.95). 154 pages. This book
provides a clear and easy-to-read overview of
financial aid. It covers the various types and
sources of financial aid, need analysis
calculations, packaging, increasing aid eligibility,
and saving for school. The book includes examples of
three typical students and families.
To order a copy, call 1-800-EDU-DATA (1-800-338-3282) x660
x660 (x462 for Spanish), fax 1-609-243-9150, write
to Peterson's Guides, PO Box 2123, Princeton, NJ
08543-2123, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Edward H. Rosenwasser,
How to Obtain Maximum College Financial Aid,
4th edition, Student College Aid, Houston, Texas, 1994.
ISBN 0-932495-08-7 ($12.95 + $3.75 postage). 178
pages. The focus
of the book is on maximizing eligibility for federal
student aid. This book
is printed in an all-bold Helvetica font, making it
very hard to read. The organization is also a bit
choppy and disjointed - it doesn't flow well. To
order a copy, call 1-800-245-5137 or 1-713-796-2209,
fax 1-713-796-9963, or write to Student College Aid,
7950 N Stadium Drive #229, Houston, TX 77030.
- Jayme Stewart,
How to Get Into the College of Your Choice and
How to Finance It,
1st edition, William Morrow & Co., Inc., New York, 1991.
ISBN 0-68809-209-8 ($10.95). 176 pages. This is a
college admissions guide with a 10-page chapter on
financial aid. Despite the age of the book, the
information is only slightly dated. It provides good
advice about maximizing eligibility for financial
aid. To order a copy,
write to William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1350 Avenue of
the Americas, New York, NY 10019.