Debt-Free U by Zac Bissonnette
How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, orMooching off My Parents

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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!"

About Zac Bissonnette

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ZAC BISSONNETTE graduated with an art history degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 2011. He has written for AOL Money & Finance,, the Boston Globe, the Daily Beast, and the New York Times, among other media outlets.
Published August 31, 2010 by Portfolio. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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That means that while you’re in high school, during the college summers, and perhaps even during a year or two between high school and a four year college, you can get general education requirements out of the way at a very inexpensive rate at your local community college, drastically reducing th...

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22 percent said that their student loans had caused them to delay having children.” And remember: That was in 1998, when students were borrowing far less to pay for college than they are now.

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