Peterson's Announces New Resource to Help Parents Plan for Their Child's Higher Education

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Coming Soon: Plan and Finance Your Family's College Dreams: A Parent's Step-by-Step Guide from Pre-K to Senior Year

This book takes school, scholarship, and financial aid preparation to the next level, with expert advice from its authors, alongside 50 years of Peterson's excellence

Peterson's, a leading producer of college preparation information, announced today the June 14, 2016 publication of their newest book, Plan and Finance Your Family's College Dreams: A Parent's Step-by-Step Guide from Pre-K to Senior Year. The latest addition to the Peterson's expanding product range of book publications, the text focuses on parents' needs and requirements for planning and paying for their child's college education. It comes just in time for parents and students celebrating the end of another school year and marching closer to college.

Authors John Hupalo and Peter Mazareas, Ph.D., two of the nation’s foremost experts on college planning, bring their expertise in 529 Savings Plans, federal and private credit student loans, college planning and the college admissions process to parents wondering how to best prepare and plan for their children's future. Featuring age-appropriate guidance with grade-by-grade direction for children of all ages, and detailed information on financing and successfully applying to college, the book outlines the latest information and best strategies to save, plan and succeed in the college preparation and admissions process.

Their comprehensive approach offers the following:

  • Pros and cons of various savings and investment options to help parents select the right plan
  • Tips for preparing high-schoolers to apply for college and to take advantage of the scholarships, aid, grants, and loans available to them
  • How to evaluate your child’s college options and school acceptances
  • How to teach your child financial literacy so he or she can budget, establish credit, and understand college loan finances
  • Tips on how and when to fill out specific financial aid forms, college applications, and government forms
  • Insights on the tax benefits/consequences of aid, scholarships, loan interest, and 529 Plans
  • Why the 529 College Savings Plan is the best tool to pay for college and how to find the best plan

The runaway costs of college are well documented. Total student loan debt exceeds 1.3 trillion dollars – with another $100 billion in student loan debt added this past year. College tuition and fees rose 504% over the past 30 years, compared to 265% for medical care or 116% for the Consumer Price Index. Pre-paid programs and 529 Plans have increased greatly, from $15 billion in 2001 to over $244 billion in 2015. A diploma for the Class of 2020 at some schools will exceed a quarter-million dollars.

The book has received critical acclaim and praise from several nationally recognized leaders in the fields of college admissions, savings and finance.

William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard College, and Sally Donahue, the Griffin Director of Financial Aid, Harvard College say: "Plan and Finance Your Family's College Dreams is a wonderfully comprehensive guide to college admissions and financial aid from two professionals who know this world inside and out. It is especially helpful in the long-range perspective, as the book offers guidance to parents who want to be certain that their children have the best opportunity to achieve their higher education goals."

"This step-by-step guide will greatly benefit both parents and students, with great practical advice for all situations. The focus on age-appropriate financial education for children of all ages is an added treat. This comprehensive resource demystifies the college planning and application process and shows that with planning and teamwork, families can make their college dreams come true" stated Mary Morris, CEO, Virginia529 and Chair, The College Savings Foundation.

"Parents will find all they need to know about planning for their children's future in this publication, including how best to save and finance college, how to find free money, financial aid, loans and more", says Dominic Rotondi, Executive Director, Peterson's. "This book takes school, scholarship and financial aid preparation to the next level, with expert advice from its authors, alongside 50 years of Peterson's excellence. We are proud to offer the best in college preparation and planning to parents who care about their child's education."

Students and parents around the world rely on Peterson's to have the most up-to-date and comprehensive college related information. Peterson's is proud to offer over 70 college preparation, test prep and financial aid publications, helping students and their parents prepare for college.

About the Authors:
John A. Hupalo - His career spans three decades, having served in executive positions of a NYSE education company and as Manager of Wall Street Education Finance Groups. Mr. Hupalo co-founded Invite Education to empower families with better information, tools, and services to more effectively plan and pay for college. Mr. Hupalo received a B.A. with Honors from Boston University in 1982 and an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School in 1987.

Peter Mazareas, Ph.D. - In addition to helping Congress pass the landmark 529 legislation, he helped design, launch, and market several of the nation’s largest 529 Programs and innovative loan programs. Dr. Mazareas has served as a faculty member and senior administrator at three universities. For the past 36 years, he has interviewed high school applicants seeking admission to Harvard College. He received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

About Peterson's
Peterson's®, a Nelnet company, has been your trusted educational publisher for over 50 years. It's a milestone we're quite proud of, as we continue to provide the most accurate, dependable, high-quality education content in the field, providing students with everything they need to succeed. No matter where they are on their academic or professional path, they can rely on Peterson's publications and its online information at for the most up-to-date education exploration data, admissions resources, expert test prep and scholarship tools, and the highest-quality career success resources--everything they need to achieve their goals.

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