Mark Kantrowitz is the publisher of Edvisors.com and the co-author of Filing the FAFSA. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us on the cost and value of college, students loans, and other related issues. Readers may recall that I’ve previously interviewed Anya Kamenetz, David Wilezol, and Robert Archibald. Consider this another installment in the series.
Could you tell us about the work of edvisors.com, and your role?
Edvisors.com is a comprehensive, up-to-date web site about planning and paying for college. It launched in June with coverage of more than 400 topics, including college savings, financial aid application forms, scholarships and grants, student employment, military student aid, student loans and education tax benefits. The web site has the largest glossary of financial aid and college admissions terminology.
I am publisher of Edvisors.com. Together with David Levy, editor of Edvisors.com, I act as a gatekeeper on the quality of the content on the web site. The seven Cs of Edvisors content quality are: clear, concise, correct, complete, current, consistent and context-sensitive.
We wrote a bestselling book entitled Filing the FAFSA. This book is available as a free download (in multiple formats). It is also available on Amazon.com in paperback format. Amazon.com has reduced the list price for the 2015-2016 edition, will be available by January 1, by over 60% to $9.45.
It seems that people are increasingly questioning the value of college. What’s your take?