Paying for college can be a huge anxiety. Do all you can to ensure that parents aren't paying more than they need to, and students aren't saddled with unnecessary debt after they graduate! A quick-reference chart offers a comparison of financial aid programs at more than 2,100 4-year schools; profiles of programs provide unbiased data for the same number of institutions; size indexes allows you to search based on a variety of criteria. Besides from scholarships, learn about the FAFSA basics, federal financial aid programs, how to analyze financial award letters, and other FAQs. A College-by-College statistical summary provides information on undergrad expenses, freshman financial aid, gift aid (need and non-need based), loans, work-study, applications for financial aids, and contact info. 828 pages, softcover. 2010 Edition.