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

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Acknowledgments

When my parents contemplated sending their five children to college, they concluded that my mother would have to start teaching again to help pay the education bills. My parents had always been frugal—growing up in St. Louis I don’t recall ever eating steak—but frugality couldn’t cover what they faced: 20 years’ worth of college costs.

My mother, who had left the teaching profession when her oldest child (that’s me) was born, headed back to the classroom which helped my parents cover the college expenses of their kids. They watched all five of us graduate from the University of Missouri without going into debt.

At the time, I didn’t dwell on my parents’ amazing accomplishment, but as I contemplated how my husband and I were going ...

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