Financial Aid Expert at Flintridge Bookstore Aug. 24

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Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes scholarship and financial aid specialist Trevor Ramos on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. for a presentation and discussion of the 2017 version of his book, “How to Get Free Money for College: The Ultimate Guide to Sending Your Kids to the Best, Most Expensive Colleges in America for Pennies on the Dollar.”
It’s no secret that the cost of a college education is about the average cost of a single-family home in America: $258,000. If you don’t pay it all in cash, you and your student can get guaranteed loans with an average interest rate of 6% to 11%. This means that you and your student could easily have a combined student loan payment amounting to approximately $2,500 per month for more than 15 years. After paying off loans, the total extra is $70,000 to $150,000 in interest and penalties.
This is not necessary. Ramos’ book shows the reader step-by-step where the college money is and how to get it every year regardless of income and assets. CPA David Ellis commented, “I just had a client call to let me know that his son was just given a $32,000-a-year grant to attend USC — thanks to Trevor. This client is well above middle class in terms of income and property ownership.”
Ramos has helped more than 200 families get free grants and scholarships (more than $10 million) to pay for college.
His secret to success came out of his own story. Ironically, he came from a family of teachers, but when he began to think about going to college, his grades were so average it was obvious community college was his only option. But he wanted to go to a top, private college (Boston University) that cost more than $50,000 per year. With a GPA of 2.8, he quit the football team and started focusing on his grades and SAT scores. He also became an expert in what goes on at the financial aid offices of colleges and universities.
His goal was to get into B.U., and to get it paid for so he wouldn’t graduate with almost $200,000 in student loans. What he learned was paid off for him — big time.
He got a full four-year financial award valued at $178,000. It didn’t cover all the costs, but he was able to graduate with a degree in accounting and owing under $35,000 for all four years. When he graduated, his first job offer was to work for a financial planning company.
Ramos then became so focused and successful at finding the money to pay for college education, he started a company called College Funding Remedies.
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd.

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