College funding woes: Go ask…Alex?

'Passive Income 101' addresses a contemporary issue in novel fashion

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- College debt is making national headlines (see, e.g., Newsweek cover story 9/9/12; Forbes 5/12; Business Week 4/12). Millionaires like PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel give scholarships to not attend university. What's a high schooler to do?

"Passive Income 101: A Story of Paying for College Without Selling Your Soul" addresses this issue in an unusual voice – that of high school senior Alexzandra. "I wanted to make this serious issue accessible to a younger audience," states author Sandy Shepard of her third book. "Using a parable style reminiscent of Og Mandino, the reader is introduced to concepts that are not generally addressed by our school system as Alex discovers them. I wish this book had been available when I was in high school – I would have been able to retire years ago!" Shepard's website is; the first four chapters can be found at

On the surface, "Passive Income 101" is geared towards teens and twenty-somethings, but it's as important—if not more important—for their parents. "Most people don't even question spending $60,000-$100,000 for a college degree," states multi-millionaire Jordan Adler, author of the #1 seller Beach Money. "And there are no guarantees of anything but a piece of paper called a diploma. Take a look at the bank account of the average college graduate after working for 40 years. It's grim. Sandy's story is the fictional account of a family that discovers an option that is becoming much more widely accepted. It's fun and dramatic. It will leave you with hope that there is a better way. Those considering college may want to read this book before pulling the trigger!" 

Shepard believes that her book will spark interest in high school-aged students and their parents who are weighing their options when it comes to "life after high school."

About the Author

Sandy Shepard has paid off all student loans for her Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Laws degrees. She worked in software companies such as LucasArts, Mindscape, Broderbund, The Learning Company, Mattel, and Scene7, winding up as general counsel before opening her own strategic business/legal consulting firm. She lives in Marin County, CA with her husband and enjoys speaking, training and traveling internationally. For the latest, follow Shepard @fempowerment on Twitter, her blog at, or Like DreamChoosers on Facebook. Her previous books and podcasts can be found on

Media Contact: Sandra Shepard Good Solutions, Inc., 4159371063,

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