Provocative New Book on College Funding from UMass Senior

by News Guy on August 6, 2010

(via publisher’s email)

I want to give you a quick heads up about Zac Bissonnette. Zac will be a senior this fall at the University of Massachusetts, and he’s doing something amazing — getting an excellent education with ZERO debt. Now he’s writing a book about how he did it and why students and their parents need to totally rethink their approach to choosing and funding college.

Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents (to be published in September), Zac explains why a prestigious name on a diploma isn’t worth sabotaging your financial future. He makes a case for choosing public universities, and reveals why much of the conventional wisdom about financing college is wrong. Backed by solid research, he reveals why:

  • Student loans are NOT a necessary evil
  • The most popular college rankings are virtually useless
  • An impressive name on a diploma doesn’t guarantee a better job or higher salary
  • You should never sacrifice your own financial security to help your child pay for college
  • High school guidance counselors and college admissions officers are not reliable sources of financial aid information

When he’s not hitting the books at U. Mass., Zac writes about personal finance at AOL Daily Finance.

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