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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (157 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zac Bissonnette, Andrew Tobias Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781596597075
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This Audio Book Can Save You More Than $100,000

These days, most people assume you need to pay a boatload of money for a quality college education. As a result, students and their parents are willing to go into years of debt and potentially sabotage their financial futures just to get a fancy name on a diploma.

But Zac Bissonnette is walking proof that the assumption is not only false, but dangerous. From his unique double perspective-he's a personal finance expert (at AOL Money & Finance) AND a current senior at the University of Massachusetts-Zac figured out how too get an outstanding education at a public college, without bankrupting his parents or taking on loans.

Armed with his personal knowledge, the latest data, and smart analysis, Zac takes on the sacred cows and conventional wisdom about choosing and financing college. You'll discover, for instance, that:

Student loans are NOT a necessary evil. Ordinary middle-class families can-and must-find ways to avoid them, even without scholarships.
College "rankings" are useless-designed to sell magazines and generate hype, if you trust one of the major guides when picking a college, you face a potential financial disaster.
The elite graduate programs accept lots of people with nonelite bachelor's degrees. So do America's most selective employers.

Zac can prove every one of hose bold assertions-and more. He has a simple message for parents: "RELAX! Your kid will be able to get a champagne education on a beer budget!"
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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dshara | 2/1/2014

    " I always feel really depressed after reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/30/2014

    " Heard about this book on The Dave Ramsey show. It's pretty fascinating. A little bit ahead of the game for me, yes, but good stuff to think about for the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi Saunders | 1/16/2014

    " This book really changed some of my thoughts regarding my children's college education and I really enjoyed it~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qwerty | 12/28/2013

    " While I don't agree with everything in this book, particularly the chapter on why large research universities are preferable to small liberal arts colleges, the book provides a different way to look at the college selection process. The author makes sound arguments for why reach schools are overrated and that parents and students should seek to reduce costs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briana | 12/27/2013

    " Read this book. It took my blinders off.i hadn't thought about how much I was assuming when it came to paying for college. No more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Weisz | 10/1/2013

    " It never occurred to me you could pay for college without student loans. Isn't that just how it's done? Zac offers many new ideas that break the traditional mold of college. Give it a shot. I bet you'll find something you didn't know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica | 9/17/2013

    " It might be a little to late for this...but "Studies have shown that people who graduate from college with significant debt loads are... less likely to pursue the careers they want." This is definitely something to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 7/30/2013

    " this book would have better if it were more concise but it is worth reading to help you question the status quo of student loans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Mccormick | 11/1/2012

    " I actually didn't finish reading before I had to return it to the library but I will probably just go buy myself a copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 6/23/2012

    " With the exception of the chapter about taking out debt to buy real estate, this book is an absolute must read for any parent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti S. | 1/13/2012

    " MCL. Good, basic advice about paying for college. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 11/14/2011

    " USA built book. great ideas but but doesnt really look at the current failling economy and increased price of school for post secondary student "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 11/3/2011

    " I see his point, but I think the author is naive in some aspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damon | 9/19/2011

    " Excellent!! Please read this book before you send your kid to college. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Humphrey | 7/12/2011

    " Very good. Goes against the american way of debt. He has very helpful ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann | 7/8/2011

    " I like how Zac has a plan for making college affordable. May more of us be able to live it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 2/7/2011

    " Lots of good info here, and I mostly agree with him. "

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About the Author

Zac Bissonnette is a personal finance writer and the author of Debt Free-U and How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents. He is the editor at WalletPoP, AOL’s personal finance website; he also blogs for the Daily Beast and has been quoted in numerous other media outlets.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.