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Mills College Named a "Best Bets" in College Handbook

Oakland, CA–December 02, 2011 Mills College has been named a “Best Bet” college in a new guidebook, The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford.

Authors Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik have compiled a list of 60 selective US colleges where average student loan burdens don’t exceed $8,000 per year and where average grants exceed average loans. In their guidebook, the authors identify the colleges they consider “a wonderful place to get an education” and where a student could conceivably get enough financial aid to make it affordable.

Taking the rising costs of college and student debt into account, the handbook teaches students and parents how to maximize financial aid and provides tips on how to find—and secure—four-year scholarships. It also provides a comprehensive guide to student loans. 

The 2011 guidebook highlights the intelligence of Mills’ women and the school’s generous financial assistance. Referring to a popular t-shirt on the Mills campus that reads “Smarter than Barbie, Stronger than Ken,” the authors assert, “We wouldn’t argue the point: smart women are the Mills legacy.”

The authors praise the College’s scholarship and financial aid packages, stating that few schools are as generous with assistance as Mills. In fall 2010, 97 percent of Mills undergraduates received financial aid and 94 percent of those students received some portion of their aid directly from the college.

Stack and Vedvik’s profile of Mills recognizes the diversity of its students, noting that 55 percent declare themselves women of color. It also touts the benefits of Mills’ location, referring to it as an oasis of safety, and further notes that its central proximity allows students to take advantage of internship and career opportunities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

“We are pleased to be among the 60 colleges profiled in The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford. It serves as another testament to the value, accessibility, and quality of a Mills education,” said Mills College Provost Sandra C. Greer.

Stack and Vedvik are veteran college admission officers who have more than 70 years of experience between them in the college admission process.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 376 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. US News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit

Last Updated: 12/2/11