"Because of Ben's book I was able to help my daughter get a full scholarship to the University of Alaska! Thanks for all the hints and tips! They worked!"
--Janet Brower, Parent
"If you are looking for something that includes everything you need to know about this [college scholarships] game, you will find this book very useful . . . It's obvious Kaplan put a lot of hard work into writing this guide."
--The Richmond Times-Dispatch
MAKE YOUR EDUCATION DREAMS COME TRUE! Worried about how to pay for college? Afraid of drowning in a sea of student debt? Sure, Ben Kaplan once felt that way too. But that was before he discovered that there are billions of scholarship dollars out there for students with all types of interests, skills, and backgrounds. After winning enough college cash to cover virtually the entire cost of his dream school, he's written an indispensable guide that shows you how to stake your own scholarship claim.
Now in this fully revised and updated edition, Ben distills his proven step-by-step game plan that positions you to win big money for college -- regardless of your age, GPA, financial situation, or family background. With humor and insight, he reveals insider secrets for successfully finding, applying for, and winning lucrative scholarship awards -- empowering you with the information, inspiration, and know-how to afford the college of your choice and realize your educational dreams.
SPECIAL NOTE: As a valued reader of this book, you also receive access to the Coach's Locker Room. The Coach's Locker Room provides a wealth of bonus material, updates to information contained in How to Go to College Almost for Free, question and answer postings, and other helpful resources.
The ultimate scholarship toolbox with four essential scholarship resources--an aggressive "how-to" guide that teaches the techniques of top scholarship winners, a directory of scholarship prizes, and a library of winning essays, applications, support letters and other sample materials.
Part I: HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED
1 The Big, Bad World of Financial Aid
2 Rules of the Merit Money Game
3 What Parents Can Do to Help
Part II: GETTING READY TO PLAY
4 Finding Your Own Pot of Gold
Part III: STRATEGIES THAT GIVE YOU THE EDGE
5 Painting Your Own Portrait
6 Positioning Strategies
7 Content Strategies
Part IV: WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS
8 A Winning Game Plan
9 Essay Excellence
10 Glowing Recommendation Letters
11 Filling in the Blanks
12 Acing the Interview
Part V: WHEN THE BUZZER SOUNDS
13 Parting Shots
A Search Profile Worksheet
B State Agency Contacts
C Keyword Master List
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ben Kaplan won more than two dozen scholarships--amassing nearly $90,000 in unrestricted college cash for use at any school. He graduated from Harvard debt-free, with virtually the entire cost of his education covered by his scholarship winnings. Known internationally, he has advised thousands of students and parents on college scholarships, financial aid, and personal growth and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs.
The book is in very good condition with no writing on the pages. There is some wrinkling of the plastic shrinkwrap that protects the paperback cover.
The pages are bright; they were never white, but a kind of creamy color that is easy on the eyes.
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