Monday, March 16, 2009

No Sucker Left Behind--Avoiding College Rip-offs

I was in Borders on Sunday, and I came across a book by Marc Scheer, No Sucker Left Behind: Avoiding the Great College Rip-off. What a provocative title!

Several interesting endorsements are on the cover, including Seth Godin, internet marketer, and Janne O'Donnell, a member of the Board of Directors for Americans for Fairness in Lending, so I decided to do a little research. The paperback book costs about $19.95 at Borders, and $15.56 at

At Amazon, this book has several reviews, implying that the information was very good, describing the various "scams" and maneuvers that colleges use to encourage students to apply for school by taking out loans.

Many reviewers said that the title was misleading, and that the information was thoroughly researched. There are over 100 links to help in the college decision making process.

To get a taste of Marc Sheer's writing, you can check out his blog:

His most recent blog entry details "The Student Loan Scam."

Another interesting blog entry is a radio interview where he discusses how high schools and colleges can better assist students in career planning.

Also, on Amazon, I found a list of books Marc Sheer recommends that might also be helpful in your research:

You might disagree with some of his conclusions, but he seems to bring up some interesting issues that you might want to explore.

Once again, your helpful friendly ScholarshipMan is at your service!

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