The Complete Guide to Paying for College

Save Money, Cut Costs, and Get More for Your Education Dollar

Author:Leah Ingram
ISBN-13: 978-1-63265-097-9
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 inches
Format: Paper
Price: $15.99

“Leah Ingram illustrates some of the unique and often rarely spoken-about tactics for making college affordable. I utilized some of these techniques myself to graduate debt free, such as taking AP and IB classes to graduate high school with a year’s worth of college credits and entering university as a sophomore. Parents and students alike will find this a helpful resource to minimize the hefty price tag of college.”
—Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial

The Complete Guide to Paying for College goes beyond the usual advice to explore prepaid options, schools that are tuition-free, whether community college is always the best deal, and how to evaluate financial aid offers. You need this book 
no matter what your child’s age.”
—Teresa Mears, publisher, Living on the Cheap,


*Foreword by William J. Behre, PhD, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Georgian Court University

College costs are straining every family except the richest. Most financial aid goes to the neediest families. The middle class typically doesn’t qualify for need-based financial aid, even though most can’t afford to pay cash for college and their salaries haven’t allowed them to save enough to cover all costs. If these families are trying to put more than one child through college, the challenges are exponential.

If you’ve been asking how your child can receive a quality education even though you can’t pay today’s college tuition out of pocket, The Complete Guide to Paying for College is the answer. This step-by-step guide includes actionable tips to save on education costs and the many living expenses—room, board, books, activities—that apply to the first year and beyond.

Leah Ingram—a money-saving expert and parent of two college students—reveals the “insider tricks” to pay for college, including:

  • How to find bona fide scholarships, not spam and scams.
  • Where parents can work to receive tuition benefits.
  • The pros and cons of earning college credits before graduating high school.
  • Which schools give out the most merit aid, even if you’re not a rocket scientist.

Paying for college just got a lot easier for millions of families!

Leah Ingram, aka The Confident Spender, has been showing people how to be smart with their money for more than a decade, helping thousands of people, regardless of their age or income, feel good about their finances. A regular contributor to, her work has appeared in AARP, Good Housekeeping, Costco Connection, and many other publications. She is the author of 15 books and appears on radio and TV frequently to share money-saving advice. She has partnered with a number of brands over the years, including Bank of America, Chase, Walmart, and Valpak. A native New Yorker, Leah holds a degree in journalism from New York University and lives in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. For more information, visit, or follow her on social media.


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