What Others Are Saying
About 'Making College Pay'
"I am reading a very helpful book about choosing colleges entitled Making College Pay: Strategies for Choosing Wisely, Doing Well & Maximizing Your Return. The great thing about this book is that it looks at college in a rational business manner and tries to help the reader take the emotion out of choosing a college. Most colleges, the authors (two savvy sisters involved in business and academia) say send the brightest students and others glossy brochures making it look like college is one big party. Maybe it is but it's an expensive one that might leave you with a hangover.
The book focuses on the real cost to families, rather than just the student and how a family may not get a good return (or any at all) on their investment. "Separating Fact from Fiction" is a good chapter warning the reader about the real facts of attending college such as:
Only 57 percent of students who enroll full time at a four-year college actually graduate within six years.
More than one-quarter of students who start college drop out before the second year.
The book shows with side by side comparisons how many of the classes at the "elite schools" are not much different than those at the university no one has ever heard of. There is a chapter on "comparison shopping" that helps a student narrow down his or her choices and focus on three basic goals:
1 )Finding a college that appeals to your interests, fits your aptitude and improves your marketability; 2) Choosing a school that fits your family's financial resources and minimizes cost, and 3) making sure that you increase the odds that you finish and get the degree.
Overall, this is a great book for parents and students looking to get through college without going broke.
“ ‘Making College Pay’ is a gem. WOW ! Already having one child in college and another to enter soon, the book definitely gave me information on how to navigate this expensive higher education journey going forward. The examples were deliberate and honest, yet personal. Yes, it highlighted my prior mistakes (some things I wish I had known earlier), but more importantly its wisdom on how to make the best higher education choice from a financial perspective will save us time, headache and money. All parents and their children MUST read this book to take the mystique and the financial ‘punch’ out of the question: Where are you going to college? ”
Angela M., high school parent, Durham, NC
“As a junior in high school just beginning my search, I had definitely fallen prey to common misconceptions about the college decision. The perspectives offered in this book were eye-opening. ‘Making College Pay’ gave me new questions to ask.”
Randy Keller, high school student, Cleveland Heights, OH
“ I LOVE this book! Finally, a book that reframes the conversation about college choices for students and families! No more warm and fuzzies about ‘ fit,’ but concrete analyses of costs and benefits and tough talk about the value of each college option. Thank you for stripping out the hype and emotion so that the investors, both the students and the parents, can make a more rational decision about such a huge investment of money and time. It’s certainly the kind of information we would want when we buy a house or a car … so why not for college!”
Susan H., high school parent, Greensboro, NC