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The Price You Pay For College by Ron Lieber, ISBN-13: 978-0062867308



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Harper (January 26, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 368 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 006286730X
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0062867308


“Masterly . . . represents an extraordinary achievement: It is comprehensive and detailed without being tedious, practical without being banal, impeccably well judged and unusually rigorous.” — Daniel Markovits, New York Times Book Review

“Lieber’s explanation of the system is probably the best I’ve seen from somebody outside it. His discussion of ‘merit aid’ even helped clarify some long-running arguments that have been mildly confusing me in faculty meetings for twenty years.” — Forbes

“A deeply reported, conventional-wisdom-busting guide to a subject that many of even the most financially adept and prepared individuals find terrifying. The book arrives at a moment when families are re-scrutinizing the price schools charge for tuition; how much debt students take on, and what exactly is worth the money and why.” — Town & Country

“An impressively thorough and genuinely useful manual for people staring up the sheer cliff of college tuition payments . . . It also contains an implicit analysis and critique of higher education as a system, by acknowledging the inequities that exist at every level from recruitment to admissions to financial aid. It’s a how-to book that will also make you think, ‘But why?'” — New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice

“Aims to provide parents and students financing their own way with the information they need to make more informed, financially sound goals and decisions.” — Fortune

“Lieber helps families navigate this all-important financial decision by pulling back the curtain on the financial aid system and asking tough questions of financial aid gatekeepers. The end result is a book that helps families determine what they value—a metric even more important than the sticker tag of college.” — Forbes (9 College Admissions Books for the Post-Pandemic Era)

“Ron Lieber is a gift.” — Scott Galloway, author of Post Carona and The Four

“Ron will hold you by the hand, by the heart and by the head.” — Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult

“Books like these are conversation grenades. You throw them in a room and conversations break out.” — Carl Richards, author of The Behavior Gap

“[The Price You Pay for College] outlines higher education pricing dynamics with painstaking care and clarity. . . . Lieber offers an essential guidebook for helping each student to find their path forward.  — John Lewis, Head of School, The Gunston School 

About the Author

Ron Lieber is the author of The Opposite of Spoiled and is the Your Money columnist for the New York Times. Two of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and he is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, business journalism’s highest honor. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, and their two daughters.


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