THE FINANCIAL AID HANDBOOK: How to Choose, Get In and Pay for America’s Colleges and Universities, Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik.

As the cost of a private college education continues to skyrocket, students are emerging with unprecedented debt at a time when they are not guaranteed jobs.  Written by two financial aid consultants who have also served as board members for The College Board and U.S. News and World Report, this will be the definitive instruction manual for parents and students to minimizing debt and maximizing the quality of education.  The authors argue that the amount of debt that a student amasses by graduation will determine his or her success in the decade after graduation, more than the “name” of the institution they attended.  (Career Press/Spring 2011)