Every year, as one academic year comes to a close and another is about to begin, parents fly into a panic trying to figure out how to manage the high cost of tuition. One mom has not only found a way to address this issue for her own son, but is now sharing it with other parents in the same position.
Single mom/entrepreneur Gwen Thomas assisted her son in generating close to half a million dollars in scholarships, which enabled him to have a choice of studying abroad in over 30 countries.
Thomas’s new book, entitled The Parent’s Smart Guide to Sending Your Kids to College Without Going Broke, is a step-by-step guide on how to attain more than enough to send your kids off to college and keep a peace of mind while doing so.
Thomas, also known as the “Scholarship Mom,” shares money-saving strategies; the same ones that worked for her to finance her son’s education from kindergarten to graduate school, explains the difference between urban and suburban school models, and discusses the importance of families having conversations about debt and high tuition costs. As a bonus, she provides a list of scholarship and fellowship resources available free of charge to students from undergraduate to doctoral level.
“College tuition is one of the largest expenditures a person will make aside from purchasing a home,” says Thomas. “My goal is to help families realize that there are alternative ways like scholarships to fund education and reduce college debt, whether they have zero income or a six-figure salary.”
For additional support, Thomas has also created Fresh Perspectives Seminars, a non-profit think tank aimed at prepping students for college and for the joining the workforce. She travels across the globe speaking at high schools, colleges, churches and organizations, including Canada and countries in Asia and the Caribbean.
For additional information on Gwen Thomas and her books and seminars, go here.
By: Danielle Dixon
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