Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents (Paperback)

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    These days, most people assume you need to pay a boatload of money for a quality college education. As a result, students and their parents are willing to go into years of debt and potenti...

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    Zac Bissonnette is a personal finance writer and a junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is an editor at WalletPoP, AOL's personal finance website and one of the 500 most trafficked websites. He also blogs for The Daily Beast, and has been quoted in numerous other media outlets.
    This book can save you more than $100,000.

    These days, most people assume you need to pay a boatload of money for a quality college education. As a result, students and their parents are willing to go into years of debt and potentially sabotage their entire financial futures just to get a fancy name on their diploma.

    But Zac Bissonnette is walking proof that this assumption is not only false, but dangerous-a class con game designed to rip you off and doom your student to a post-graduation life of near poverty . From his unique double perspective-he's a personal finance expert (at Daily Finance) AND a current senior at the University of Massachusetts-Zac figured out how to get an outstanding education at a public college, without bankrupting his parents or taking on massive loans.

    Armed with his personal knowledge, the latest data, and smart analysis, Zac takes on the sacred cows of the higher education establishment. He reveals why a lot of the conventional wisdom about choosing and financing college is not only wrong but hazardous to you and your child's financial future. You'll discover, for instance, that:

    * Student loans are NOT a necessary evil. Ordinary middle class families can- and must-find ways to avoid them, even without scholarships.

    * College "rankings" are useless-designed to sell magazines and generate hype. If you trust one of the major guides when picking a college, you face a potential financial disaster.

    * The elite graduate programs accept lots of people with non-elite bachelors degrees. So do America's most selective employers. The name on a diploma ultimately won't help your child have a more successful career or earn more money.

    Zac can prove every one of those bold assertions - and more. No matter what your current financial situation, he has a simple message for parents: "RELAX! Your kid will be able to get a champagne education on a beer budget!"

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    ISBN 9781591842989
    Genre EDUCATION / Higher
    Format Paperback
    Pages 290
    Publisher Date 2010-08-31 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Portfolio
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 8.75 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Bissonnette, Zac

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    • Debt-Free U is well worth reading

      Debt-free U is a practical and common sense approach to college financing. Zac dispells some of the common myths and makes you think about how the whole process works. I am a CPA and discuss this topic with clients and friends. I also have two teenage boys, so it hits home. I was impressed with Zac's insight and advice on the subject. Even if you only practically apply a small bit of his advice, it is worth reading the book. I recommend buying it before your child even starts the college search process.

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