Alex Chediak – Beating the College Debt Trap (Getting a Degree without Going Broke)

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An in depth review of what you need to do (both financially and introspectively) before going off to college

4 out of 5 stars

A brief explanation of me, I’m a 30 year old college senior.  I went for a few years, did really well.  Then didn’t do so well, then dropped out to take care of my dying grandfather.  This book would have been incredibly important to making a decision when I was younger — at least grown-up me thinks that now.

There is some really good advice and interesting points of view that the author points out that I don’t think a lot of parents, teachers, guidance counselors or students think about before going to college.  I remember a lot of the freshman when I was an incoming freshman had NO IDEA what they were going to school for.  This book gives the reader a great way to be introspective about why you want a degree, where you should go, and how you should consider paying for it.  It also explains loans (government and the scary, scary private kind) in a way that would make sense to a 16 year old or a 60 year old.

A quick warning, the author is a Christian and inserts different bible quotes into the book where he feels they are needed — there is a nice blurb for the “non religious” reader (like myself) but more than a few times I found myself just skipping over the Bible verses.

All-in-all this book would be a great read for someone who is scared about paying for college, or is scared they don’t know what they want or where they want to go.  If you’re a parent and reading this – grab this book and read it — even highlight it for your busy busy teens so that they can figure out who they want to be and in doing so save them (or yourself) thousands of dollars.  I wish I would have read this 12+ years ago when I was first going to college.

 

I was given a free copy of this by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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