Tweetable Tips Turn Into Real College Savings

By Susan Tompor
Detroit Free Press.

The fun thing about scanning a stream of tweets is that you’re bound to spot something that you didn’t know. Some quick fact or news tidbit pops up and gives you a clue into the bigger picture.

Ditto for a new twist for delving into the mind-boggling process involved with college scholarships, student loans, financial aid and other aspects involved with paying for college.

It’s called a “Twisdom”, or what college financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz calls “tweetable wisdom.”

Kantrowitz, publisher of, is someone who clearly has an encyclopedic knowledge of college savings programs and financial aid. But no one is forced here to read an encyclopedia. Kantrowitz has written a fun, readable book called “Twisdoms About Paying for College” (Edvisors Network Inc., $7.95 for the thin paperback and $4.95 for the Kindle version).

No, every quick item here is not limited to a 140-character read, as on Twitter. But the Twisdom approach does offer short, specific advice that’s easy to comprehend and ultimately can motivate you to dig a bit deeper into the topic.

As a mom of a high school senior, I am aware of how precious little time we have. Parents, students and high school counselors are stretched to the limit juggling jobs, sports practices, term papers, college applications, essays and, yes, all those crazy tours of college campuses.

Time to study up on FAFSA, college scholarships, and the grant process? Sure, I’ll do that during my lunch hour.

But the funny thing is that this book does allow parents with children of any age, and the earlier the better, to start studying some complex topics during very limited downtime.

To make the book easier to pick up, chapters focus on specific months beginning in September, which is National College Savings Month.

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