With the release of their new book, Better Off After College: A Guide to Paying for College With More Aid and Less Debt, Sabrina Manville and Nick Ducoff bring together the useful advice they have been giving families and students since they founded college counseling service Edmit. They review college costs, need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the process of deciding where to apply and which admissions offer to accept. Better Off After College also features comments on saving for college from Forum co-Managing Partner Nirav Batavia.
Sabrina explained why Nirav adds much needed perspective to the conversation: “We were thrilled to have Nirav share his advice for our readers. He's been a friend and advisor to Edmit and an active contributor to our blog. A lot of information about this topic is vague or hard to understand and Nirav's is the opposite — his practical and actionable guidelines give a clear sense of how families can proceed and make their decisions according to what's right for them.”
A regular contributor to Edmit’s blog, Forum co-managing partner Nirav Batavia has written about the benefit of 529 plans and the importance of understanding how much to save for college. There are times when parents must choose between saving for their retirement and a child’s college expenses. In the book, Nirav reviews questions that parents should answer to make an informed decision about saving for college, starting with whether it is prudent to save toward a child’s education.
Why Sabrina and Nick Wrote the Book
Sabrina and Nick have been writing together since they started Edmit. Before founding Edmit, Sabrina served as an assistant vice president at Southern New Hampshire University and Nick served as Vice President of New Ventures at Northeastern University.
The lack of transparency around college pricing prevalent in today’s educational landscape led them to focus on the growing issues of rising education costs and how families can make smart college choices. They wrote Better Off After College because today’s students must focus on more than school size, campus life, college majors and what will happen during college, they must truly comprehend that there could be a significant amount of student debt for which they will be responsible after graduation.
Although the cost of a college degree continues to increase each year, students can still find ways to make their college choice work for them. Sabrina said, “College is one of the best investments we can make — it just doesn't pay off equally for everyone. We're helping people avoid the pitfalls and position themselves for a successful future.”
Edmit’s mission is to help families be better off after college, reducing debt and improving outcomes for students and their families. The Edmit algorithm compares colleges by using a variety of data to produce tuition estimates based on college characteristics and individual student data. For more information, visit www.Edmit.Me or follow @EdmitEDU on Twitter or Facebook.
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