Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How to Graduate Debt-Free, by Kristina Ellis

My oldest son is about to begin his senior year in high school.  He is already filling out college applications, and I am wondering how we will pay for it!  Kristina Ellis's book, How to Graduate Debt-Free: The Best Strategies to Pay for College #notgoingbroke, came at a good time.  Ellis, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, dispenses wisdom for high school and college kids who aim to get an education without the burden of debt.

Ellis doesn't present any revolutionary ideas.  The tips and information in How to Graduate Debt-Free can be found in other books and web sites.  Ellis does present it in a succinct, organized way, in an approachable, encouraging tone.  Ellis is probably exceptional, as you might expect, since she was accomplished enough to be accepted to Vanderbilt.  As she points out, like many highly-ranked schools, Vanderbilt has a large endowment and a commitment to helping qualified students afford attendance.  I dare say most college students' experiences will be quite different from hers. 

Nevertheless, any college student, no matter what their high school class rank, SAT score, or athletic prowess (or lack of) can benefit from Ellis's advice.  I will certainly keep this book close at hand as my son and I plan for his college years.

Thanks the NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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