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General Financial Aid Guides (Undergraduate)

  1. 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 www.collegegold.com.

  2. America's Best Colleges, US News & World Report, 1996. $5.95. 287 pages. This special annual issue of US News & World Report focuses on college admissions and financial aid. It includes a 12-page chapter that covers saving for college, filling out financial aid forms, and comparing financial aid awards. To order a copy, call 1-800-836-6397 x300 or write to US News Specialty Marketing, Dept. 300M, PO Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407-2284.

  3. Patrick L. Bellantoni, College Financial Aid Made Easy, 2nd edition, Tara Publishing, Atlanta, Georgia, 1995. ISBN 0-96439-791-9 ($16.95 plus $4.50 shipping and handling). 231 pages. One of the best features of this book is its step-by-step guide to completing financial aid applications. The book also includes an overview of financial aid with lots of checklists, such as a log sheet and calendar. There is information about loans and professional judgment, a glossary, a list of state financial aid offices, and a list of important telephone numbers. To order a copy, call 1-800-888-4741 or write to Independent Publishers Group, 814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

  4. Richard W. Black, The Complete Family Guide to College Financial Aid, Perigee Books, New York, October 1995. ISBN 0-39952-158-5 ($12.00). 158 pages. This book provides an overview of financial aid accompanied by illustrative examples of students with different 'profiles'. The book covers both undergraduate and graduate school financing. To order a copy, write to Berkeley Publishing Group, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

  5. Linda Bowman, How to go to college for free, Probus Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1991. ISBN 1-55738-219-0 ($9.95) 170 pages. To order a copy, call 1-800-PROBUS-1.

  6. Cash for College, 1996-97 edition, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Washington, DC, 1996. This pamphlet summarizes basic information about getting financial aid for college. Available for free on the World Wide Web.

  7. Marcia Castaneda, The Consumer Guide to College Funding, United Resource Press, Irvine, California, 1992. ISBN 0-92923-012-4 ($8.95). 227 pages. This book provides an overview of financial aid. However, the focus is on federal financial aid, so the content is somewhat dated. Out of print.

  8. 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 annually. Discusses 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.

  9. Melissa Cook, College student's handbook of financial assistance and planning, Moonbeam Publications, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 1992. ISBN 1-56271-999-8 ($9.95). 116 pages.

  10. Anthony Darby, The great American national scholarships & grants guide: A student's guide to financial assistance, Dclaren Enterprises, West Bloomfield, Michigan, 1992. ISBN 0-96307-251-X. 129 pages.

  11. Herm Davis, Josey L. Vierra and M. Carol Daigle, The CARE Book: College Aid Resources for Education 1997-98, National College Scholarship Foundation, Gaithersburg, Maryland, November 1996. ($19.95 + $4.00 shipping and handling). If you state that you heard about the book from the FinAid® Page, the discounted price is $12.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling. 173 pages. This book includes a 74-page directory of almost 1,500 colleges and universities, a 28-page chapter that presents an overview of financial aid, including worksheets to compute your expected family contribution, an 8-page chapter of federal resources, and a 34-page chapter of state resources, including information on state prepaid tuition plans and a chart of state residency requirements. There are also chapters devoted to the SRN scholarship search service and other resources. The National College Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization established in 1984 by Dr. Herm Davis. To order a copy, call 1-301-670-1260, fax 1-301-670-1281, write to Scholarship Resource Network, 555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, or send email to daiglec@rams.com.

  12. Marguerite J. Dennis, Barron's Guide to Financing a Medical School Education, 2nd edition, Barron's Educational Series, Hauppauge, New York, 1994. ISBN 0-81201-858-3 ($10.95). 393 pages. To order a copy, call 1-800-645-3476 or write to Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.

  13. Marguerite J. Dennis, Complete College Financing Guide 1995, 3rd edition, Barron's Education Series, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, 1995. ISBN 0-81201-635-1 ($14.95 plus $2.32 shipping in the US or $15.69 for overseas shipping). 282 pages. Revised edition of Dollars for Scholars. In addition to providing an overview of financial aid, this book covers federal and state aid, financial planning, EFC calculations, loan counseling, college costs and financial aid, alternative loans, employer tuition assistance programs, and cutting college costs. It also includes a list of programs for veterans, graduate students, minority students, female students, disabled students, and health professions. One chapter is devoted to funding for international students wishing to study in the US. To order a copy, call 1-800-645-3476 or write to Barron's, 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.

  14. Marguerite J. Dennis, Keys to Financing A College Education, 2nd edition, Barron's Educational Series, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, 1993. ISBN 0-81201-634-3 ($4.95). 140 pages. To order a copy, call 1-800-645-3476 or write to Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.

  15. Rochelle K. Diers, Mary L. Hershberger Thun and Susan R. Treinen, How to Buy a College Education, Access Group, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1996. ISBN 0-9652898-7-7 ($14.95 + $3 shipping and handling). 116 pages. This book began as a workshop for students and parents, and talks about calculating the costs of a college education and approaches to paying for college. It provides a good overview of financial aid and financial planning and goal-setting for a college education. There are a lot of good charts and tables, and a few worksheets. Well written and carefully researched. A solid basic introduction. To order, call 1-612-944-7103, fax 1-612-941-5188, or write to The Access Group, Inc., Diers, Thun & Treinen, PO Box 44127, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

  16. V. Raymond Ferrara CFP, College Financial Aid, Talking Money, Inc., 1995. $3. A short pamphlet by the host of the Talking Money radio show. To order a copy, call 1-800-633-3049, fax 1-813-449-1625, or send email to provise@intnet.net.

  17. Elizabeth Hoffman and Nancy H. Stafford, FACTS: Financial Aid for College Through Scholarships and Loans, 5th edition, Richards House, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, 1989. ISBN 0-93070-261-0 ($9.99). 176 pages. Includes step-by-step instructions for filling out the financial aid forms. Emphasis on opportunities in Massachusetts. To order a copy, write to Richards House, PO Box 81208, Wellesley Hills, MA 02181.

  18. Robert C. Hoffman, Pitfalls to avoid -- Am I doing this right? Your Complete Guide to Financial Aid, Financial Aid Assistance Service, Springfield, Oregon, 1982. ISBN 0-96100-180-1 ($6.95). 77 pages. A step-by-step guide to applying for financial aid.

  19. Joyce Lain Kennedy and Dr. Herm Davis, Student Financial Aid Emergency Kit 1993-94, Sun Features, Inc., Cardiff, California, 1992. $4.95 plus 55 cents p&h. 40 pages. Pocket guide to financial aid for college. To order a copy, write to Sun Features, Inc., Box 368-II, Cardiff, CA 92007.

  20. Kenneth Kohl and Irene C. Kohl, Financing College Education, 3rd edition, Harper Collins, New York, 1980. $5.95. To order a copy, call 1-800-328-3443 or 1-212-207-7000, or write to Harper Collins, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022.

  21. Leo L. Kornfeld, Gonnie McClung Siegel and William Laird Siegel, How to beat the high cost of learning: The complete and up-to-date guide to student financial aid, 1st edition, Rawson Wade Publishers, New York, 1981. ISBN 0-89256-194-7 ($13.95). 284 pages. No longer up-to-date.

  22. 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 to capainc@capainc.com.

  23. Anna Leider and Robert Leider, Leider's Lecture: A Complete Course in Understanding Financial Aid, Octameron Associates, Alexandria, Virginia, September 1995. ISBN 1-57509-007-4 ($15.00). 40 pages. This is a set of 20 visuals (suitable for copying onto overhead projector slides) and lecture notes for a ready-made 40-minute presentation about financial aid. (A set of 20 35mm color slides is available for $25.) To order this or other Octameron publications, call 1-703-836-5480 or write to Octameron Associates, PO Box 2748, Alexandria, VA 22301.

  24. Robert Leider and Anna Leider, Lovejoy's Guide to Financial Aid, 3rd edition, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1989. ISBN 0-67168-814-6 ($14.95). 263 pages.

  25. Richard B. Lyttle and Frank Farrara, How to pay for college or trade school: A dollars and sense guide, F. Watts, New York, 1985. 116 pages.

  26. Judith B. Margolin, Financing a College Education: The Essential Guide for the 90s, Plenum Press, New York, 1989. ISBN 0-30643-281-1 ($14.95). 307 pages. This book discusses federal and private aid, saving for college, loans, student employment, low cost bargains, and so on. To order a copy, write to Plenum Publishing Corporation, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013.

  27. Patricia McWade, Financing Graduate School, 2nd edition, Peterson's Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, 1996. ISBN 1-56079-638-3 ($16.95). 190 pages. An excellent overview of financing a graduate school education, with discussions of federal and state aid, private aid, assistantships, and grants. To order a copy, call 1-800-EDU-DATA (1-800-338-3282) x660 or 1-609-243-9111 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 custsvc@petersons.com.

  28. MoneyGuide: Your Best College Buys Now, Money Magazine, 1996. $4.95. 96 pages. This special annual issue of Money Magazine focuses on college admissions and financial aid. It includes 18 pages of tips about financial aid, from the best ways to invest for college to low cost loans and a financial survival guide. To order, write to Money Magazine, Best College Buys, PO Box 30626-0626, Tampa, FL 33630-0626.

  29. 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 or 1-609-243-9111 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 custsvc@petersons.com.

  30. Joseph M. Re, Financial Aid FinAncer: Expert Answers to College Financing Questions, 6th edition, Octameron Associates, Alexandria, Virginia, September 1995. ISBN 0-57509-006-6 ($5.00). 40 pages. This book provides answers to questions about the impact of unusual family financial circumstances on financial aid, including job loss, divorce, death, and disability. To order this or other Octameron books, call 1-703-836-5480 or write to Octameron Associates, PO Box 2748, Alexandria, VA 22301.

  31. John Schwartz and College Research Group of Concord Mass., College Financial Aid, 4th edition, Prentice Hall, New York, 1991. ISBN 0-13143-058-0 ($20.00). 508 pages. More than 3,000 listings.

  32. John Schwartz, College Scholarships and Financial Aid, 6th edition, ARCO (Macmillan), 1995. ISBN 0-02860-329-X ($21.95). ISBN 0-02860-585-3 with software ($29.95). 444 pages. This book is a directory of scholarships and grants from 2,252 sources, organized by field. There are major, criteria, and alphabetical indexes. The book also includes an overview of financial aid, federal and state aid, and how to apply for financial aid. There is also a glossary. To order a copy, call 1-800-716-0044 or 1-317-228-4366, fax 1-800-882-8583 or 1-317-228-4304, write to Macmillan Publishing, 201 West 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290, or send email to orders@mcp.com. You can also write to Macmillan Publishing Corporation, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, or call 1-800-261-8783.

  33. Craig A. Smith and Anita Jay, The Saturday morning planner -- College funding guide, Blue Sky Pub., Noblesville, Indiana, 1990. $14.95.

  34. Elizabeth W. Suchar and Phyllis Harris, Financial aid guide for college, Monarch Press, New York, 1978. ISBN 0-67118-095-9 ($5.95). 261 pages.

  35. Timely Information for Parents and Students: Selecting and Paying for Your Education Beyond High School, 1996-97 edition, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Washington, DC, 1996. $9.00, 84 pages. Revised annually. Provides a highly accurate and up-to-date overview of financial aid, including information about types and sources of financial aid, determining need and eligibility, and applications. Available for free on the World Wide Web. To order a copy, write to National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), 1920 L Street, NW, Suite 200, Department TIPSWEB96, Washington, DC 20036-5020.

  36. William D. Van Dusen, Bill Van Dusen and Bart Astor, 10 Minute Guide to Paying for College, ARCO Alpha Books, New York, 1996. ISBN 0-02-860614-0 ($10.95). 133 pages. A very basic introduction and how-to guide without much depth. After all, not much can be said in 10 minutes! To order a copy, call 1-800-716-0044 or 1-317-228-4366, fax 1-800-882-8583 or 1-317-228-4304, write to Macmillan Publishing, 201 West 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290, or send email to orders@mcp.com. You can also write to Alpha Books, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019-6785.

 

 
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