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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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2. Looking for Cash in the Right Places

Higher education in America is big business. The college is trying to get you to pay the most money; you are trying to pay the least amount. It can be very costly to assume that the college is going to show you how to get the most aid. As a college financial aid administrator quoted in The New York Times once said, “Parents and students sometimes forget that we work for the school, not for them.”

—Kalman A. Chany, president of Campus Consultants Inc. and author of Paying For College Without Going Broke

When teenagers begin looking for schools, the price is often not something they think much about. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when a mom told me about the experience of her daughter’s boyfriend, who was ...

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