Book Review: The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford

    Vol. 42, No. 3, 2012 p. 46  

    by Margot J. O’Meara

    The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford by Carol Stack and Ruth Vedik is a very timely publication due to the increased discussion regarding mounting student debt, the increasing cost of college, and the desire for more consumer information. The authors have a combined 70 years of experience in the college admission and financial aid fields, and currently work as principals at Hardwick-Day, an enrollment consulting firm that works with the admissions and financial aid offices of private colleges and universities. The Handbook, written primarily for high school students and their parents, presents its content in a way that allows students not only to learn the important information regarding college cost and financial aid, but also how this information can be utilized.