Paying for College: A 2015 Guide to Saving Time and Money

Bilotta, Mark

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Synopsis: Paying for College: A 2015 Guide to Saving Time and Money, encourages its readers to ?look under the hood? and investigate whether a college is more than just a good academic fit. Is it a good financial fit as well? With more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Mark Bilotta departs from the typical college guide, recognizing that it?s not enough to enroll in college. Students need to successfully complete their programs. After all, how helpful is it to have 45 credits, no degree and student loan debt? Bilotta directs his readers on how they can save on time and money. For him, time is measured in credit hours and semesters; money is measured in the thousands of dollars and lost income opportunities. This book is short, easy-to-read, and comprehensive. It tackles a number of topics, some that are familiar, like sticker price vs. net price and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Others topics get to the heart of financial fit, including: a checklist of $$$ questions for a college search; how to measure the value and risk of enrolling at a specific college at a specific net price; how to compare financial aid awards; and how to borrow without sacrificing your future. Bilotta then departs from most college guides and continues with reducing the need for remedial classes and exploring new trends that are designed to save time and money, including stackable credentials and reverse transfer. He ends with a brief look at the future of higher education and the growing interest in competency-based learning. A must read for students, their families, school counselors and education advisors.

About the Author: Mark Bilotta has been in the field of higher education for more than 25 years. He started in admissions, working at the College of the Holy Cross and Worcester State College. He served seven years on the President?s Cabinet at Assumption College as Executive Assistant to the President where he oversaw public affairs as well as government and community relations. During that time, he also served as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. In 2006, he was named CEO of the former Colleges of Worcester Consortium, an association of 13 public and private colleges which provided shared academic, administrative, and student affair services for some 35,000 students and 16,000 faculty and staff. At the same time, he oversaw a Massachusetts statewide network of TRIO and Gear Up programs which serves more than 14,000 clients, mostly low-income and first generation college students. Mark currently serves as Chairman of the Board of that statewide network, now called Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO). A strong consumer advocate, Mark launched an independent complement to the College Scorecard called CollegeValue®. This free, online tool, found at collegevalue.info, measures the value and risk of enrolling at a specific college at a specific net price and has been compared to the Kelley Blue Book. Mark received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross and his MBA from Clark University. Currently, in addition to his writing and website work, Mark continues to speak with school counselors, parents and students about the need to choose colleges that are both a good academic and financial fit.

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