Lynn O'Shaughnessy

Lynn
O'Shaughnessy
Columnist: College Planning

Lynn O'Shaughnessy, the author of The College Solution:  A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, an Amazon bestseller, writes about college for CBS MoneyWatch and her own blog, The College Solution.
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Articles
Eight Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt 3
A disturbing number of Americans have defaulted on their student loans. Advisors can help guide them out of it.
One Angry Mom and No Scholarships
Teenagers have to be strategic when applying to schools, especially if money is an issue. One angry mom learned that the hard way.
Cracking the FAFSA Code
The federal financial aid form can be tricky to navigate, but here are 10 mistakes clients should avoid when filling it out.
Gallery: Five Ways to Squeeze More Money From Colleges 5
There are other ways to win fat financial aid packages than simply being bright. Here are the top five.
The Real Costs of College
A net price calculator allows clients to look beyond sticker prices to focus on the only price that matters to a mom and dad: the price they’ll pay for their child to attend college.
School’s (Not) Out
Parents often assume that their children are going to finish their degrees in four years. Most of the time, it doesn’t happen.
Gallery: Five Ways to Minimize Tuition Sticker Shock
No school is worth going into huge debt. Here are five easy tips to keep the costs of college down.
Don’t Hide the Disability
While it isn’t highly publicized, many colleges have resources for children with learning disabilities.
Unlocking College Data 1
What good are the loads of data about colleges, if families can’t access it? Here are four websites that are opening the vault.
Curtailing the Costs of College
By knowing the basics about late-stage college planning, you can promote deeper connections with your clients and prospects.
Getting the Most Bang for Your Tuition Bucks 1
Many students and parents don’t have the resources to benchmark colleges against one another, but a new college scorecard is a step in the right direction.
Majoring in Employment 1
One of the top reasons students attend college is to get a good job. But just how much will schools help in the job search?
The Ticking Time Bomb
One misstep on a financial aid form could end up costing your clients thousands in financial aid money.
College Admissions Fever
The college admissions process can drive teens and their parents crazy this time of year. Here are some statistics to get clients of college-bound kids to simmer down.
Value Investing for College
Several schools recently dubbed the best value by Kiplinger’s also charge the highest net prices in the nation. Shame.
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