Bankrate Releases 2005 Guide to College Financing

August 11, 2005-- Posted at 2:50 PM CDT

NEW YORK, PRNewswire-FirstCall-- Bankrate, Inc. announced today that it has published a College Financing Guide. The Web-based guide is an extension of the newly created College Finance channel that was debuted in May with's Web site redesign. The College Financing Guide consists of 48 articles aimed at providing practical advice to parents and students on financing and coping with the expenses of a college education. To view the College Financing Guide, go to

Among the topics included in the guides are: 529 plans, federal loans and grants, finding scholarships and minimizing college tuition. The guide also gives helpful advice to students on how to make and manage their money while in school, giving insight into work-study programs, saving money on textbooks, advice on using a credit card, cutting costs of college incidentals and tips to becoming a dorm-room entrepreneur.

"Bankrate has done the homework for our readers, providing consumers with the information they need, whether they're planning ahead for their baby's future or need financial aide for a student this fall," said, Thomas R. Evans, President and CEO of Bankrate, Inc.

Article Headlines Include: Comparing education savings plans FAQ about 529 plans Understanding prepaid tuition plans 529 savings plans in your state Special breaks for adult students Finding money advice on campus Hurting for more aid? Just ask for it. Scholarships for dummies How to select your top aid package Smarten up: You can save on books On campus jobs plentiful, but apply early FAQ about education savings accounts 6 myths about Coverdell accounts 13 tips on using your credit card Cost of decorating a dorm room 6 keys to being a dorm-room entrepreneur Dorm-room business can launch a career Busted: 6 myths about in-state tuition eligibility All-important form is very first step Funds for student consolidation loans may be cut Federal loans: Almost everyone can get one Don't shield students from college funding issues Good deeds get rewarded Federal loans and grants Cutting the cost of college incidentals 12 tips for stretching a scholar's dollar 10 answers for student loan borrowers 6 ways to help pay for college 9 alternative ways to pay for college On or off campus? There's no dorm like home Getting and e-education Paying for college with private loans Lesson One: College is really expensive! Instead of air miles, earn education dollars College costs just keep going up Top college scholarship scams 17 smart ways to shop scholarships Where to consolidate student loans In scholarships, sweat the small stuff Which college account should you use first? 10 great deals just for college students Be cool with these hot summer jobs College financing timeline 12 got-to-have gadgets for today's student Top 10 priciest colleges . . . and the cheapest Strategies to minimize college tuition Reduce your contribution, increase aid 9 things to know about work-study About Bankrate, Inc.

Bankrate, Inc. owns and operates, the Internet's leading consumer banking marketplace. is a destination site of personal finance channels, including banking, investing, taxes, debt management and college finance. It is the leading aggregator of more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and CDs, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. reviews more than 4,800 financial institutions in 575 markets in 50 states. In 2004, had over 38 million unique visitors. provides financial applications and information to a network of more than 75 partners, including Yahoo! , America Online , The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times .'s information is also distributed through more than 100 national and state publications.

For more information, contact: Kayleen J. Keneally Director, Corporate Communications (917) 368-8677

CONTACT: Kayleen J. Keneally, Director, Corporate Communications ofBankrate, (917)-368-8677, or

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