I did a financial aid seminar for families last weekend and as I revealed to them, I first learned a lot of the information I shared from "Paying for College Without Going Broke." It helped me make sense of the financial aid process, and I was an English and history major in college who has never once successfully balanced my checkbook.
The 2010 version releases today, and I've already ordered my copy.
As with all previous versions of the book, the author describes exactly how the process of applying for financial aid works, with tips and strategies to increase aid and reduce costs. But the description of the 2010 edition says that it has also been updated to reflect all of the current economic uncertainty, it will include the latest financial aid forms with guidelines to help you complete them, and it will explain recent changes to the tax laws and how they impact financial aid.
Whether you're the parent of a senior who needs to apply for financial aid right now, or the parent of a freshman who wants tips on the best ways to save for college, I'd order a copy.