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How to Pay for College: A Library How-To Handbook
Editors of the American Library Association
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1077-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $26.00
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The stated mission of the American Library Association is, “To provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” Stock your library with the new Library How-To Handbooks from ALA Editions and help your patrons get the most out of their library visits!

170 pages
5.5" x 8.25"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1077-1
Year Published: 2011
AP Categories: A, C
Add this must-have resource to your library’s collection to assist patrons in the tough task of applying and paying for college. Whether they are a high school student, already in college, a parent, or an adult returning to school, patrons can use this guide to
  • Fill out forms for financial aid, loans, and scholarships
  • Find ways to plan and save for the high cost of college tuition
  • Narrow their search to those schools that are the best fit
  • Make the best attempt at applying to the school of their choice
This effective guide emphasizes the help that the local library can offer in this process, using its reference materials, the Internet, and the advice of experienced researchers.
Table of Contents

Introduction: “Beyond the Books” in Today’s Public Libraries

Chapter 1: Choosing a College
Chapter 2: Personal Resources to Pay For College
Chapter 3: Financial Aid 101
Chapter 4: Scholarships
Chapter 5: Grants
Chapter 6: Jobs: On Campus, Off Campus, Internships, and Summer Jobs
Chapter 7: Loans
Chapter 8: College Applications




"A gem of a book ... ought to be on the shelf of every high school guidance counselor in the country. How to Pay for College is only slightly larger than a paperback and a bit more than a half inch thick, yet the editors who pulled the information together manage to cover more material than books that are four times larger and twice as expensive."
--Gail Buckner, FOXBusiness

"Patrons will enjoy these simple but well-organized tools addressing that audience of novices who need help navigating the career or scholarship resources of their public libraries ... These books should be in every public library, and, given the cost, in high school libraries as well. Full disclosure: I’m going to recommend them to our College Success course faculty as potential textbooks."
--Catholic Library World

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