Practical help for a crucial and daunting part of the college application process.

Fast Tracking the FAFSA The Missing How-To Book for Financial Aid


A handbook for students applying for college financial aid that includes a step-by-step guide to the sometimes-confusing Free Application for Federal Student Aid application forms.

The all-important FAFSA application can give students access to federal grants, loans and work-study programs, as well as state and individual college programs. This useful guide gets into the nitty-gritty of FAFSA, and Baumel answers even the most basic questions, beginning with the definition of “financial aid.” Two full chapters show applicants how to file online or by mail; the lengthy chapter on online filing provides page-by-page directions, and includes detailed instructions for obtaining electronic signatures, if needed. “Frequently asked questions” sections include answers to such elementary questions as “What is Selective Service?,” while clear headings and subheadings allow knowledgeable students to skip to more relevant material. “After the FAFSA” urges students to carefully review Student Aid Reports that they receive from colleges after applying, and there’s a full chapter about correcting any mistakes. The writer also briefly discusses and debunks common misconceptions about college financial aid programs, such as “I won’t qualify for financial aid if my family owns a house,” as well as how to retain financial aid in the future. In “Money-Saving Tips,” the author notes that private colleges can generally offer more aid than public schools and gives advice on meal plans and buying textbooks. However, the book’s sections on finding scholarships and the particulars about 529 college savings plans are less detailed and seem like add-ons given its core FAFSA focus.

Practical help for a crucial and daunting part of the college application process.

Pub Date: April 3, 2013

ISBN: 978-1480069220

Page Count: 156

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 18, 2013

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This guide to Black culture for White people is accessible but rarely easy.


A former NFL player casts his gimlet eye on American race relations.

In his first book, Acho, an analyst for Fox Sports who grew up in Dallas as the son of Nigerian immigrants, addresses White readers who have sent him questions about Black history and culture. “My childhood,” he writes, “was one big study abroad in white culture—followed by studying abroad in black culture during college and then during my years in the NFL, which I spent on teams with 80-90 percent black players, each of whom had his own experience of being a person of color in America. Now, I’m fluent in both cultures: black and white.” While the author avoids condescending to readers who already acknowledge their White privilege or understand why it’s unacceptable to use the N-word, he’s also attuned to the sensitive nature of the topic. As such, he has created “a place where questions you may have been afraid to ask get answered.” Acho has a deft touch and a historian’s knack for marshaling facts. He packs a lot into his concise narrative, from an incisive historical breakdown of American racial unrest and violence to the ways of cultural appropriation: Your friend respecting and appreciating Black arts and culture? OK. Kim Kardashian showing off her braids and attributing her sense of style to Bo Derek? Not so much. Within larger chapters, the text, which originated with the author’s online video series with the same title, is neatly organized under helpful headings: “Let’s rewind,” “Let’s get uncomfortable,” “Talk it, walk it.” Acho can be funny, but that’s not his goal—nor is he pedaling gotcha zingers or pleas for headlines. The author delivers exactly what he promises in the title, tackling difficult topics with the depth of an engaged cultural thinker and the style of an experienced wordsmith. Throughout, Acho is a friendly guide, seeking to sow understanding even if it means risking just a little discord.

This guide to Black culture for White people is accessible but rarely easy.

Pub Date: Nov. 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-250-80046-6

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2020

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The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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