Ben Kaplan (author)

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Ben Kaplan is a Harvard-trained economist, public commentator specializing in education, scholarships and economics, and author of the books How to get to College Almost for Free, and The Scholarship Scouting Report, published by HarperCollins. He has written columns for The New York Times, TIME, and U.S. News & World Report. His "Scholars & Dollars" education column was launched in The Oregonian (Portland's daily newspaper) in 2006.[1] In 2008, he launched a companion radio feature on KMOX-AM in St. Louis.[2] He is a graduate of South Eugene High School in Oregon.

Career and book[edit]

Kaplan obtained over two dozen scholarships totaling $90,000[3] from programs including the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, and the United States Senate Youth Program. This allowed him to finance most of his Harvard education,[4] and led him to write the book How to get to College Almost for Free, which was published by HarperCollins, after Kaplan successfully self-published.[5] He was selected the "Top Student Leader in America" by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.[6]


Kaplan has provided media commentary for numerous outlets, including interviews on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN,[7] Fox News, NPR, G4, and the BBC. In 2012, he was interviewed on Attack of the Show by comedian Ben Schwartz.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Walden (2006-10-20). "New column replaces "Ask Amy" Thursdays |". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Ben Kaplan « KMOX-AM". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  3. ^ Michelle Singletary, Washington Post (2007-01-07). "Through College Avoiding Debt;". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  4. ^ Gail MarksJarvis, Chicago Tribune (2010-07-11). "Scholarship search may be worth a full-time effort; Chicago Tribune". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  5. ^ Mary Tabor, New York Times (2000-09-24). "BUSINESS; Big Advance? No, Thanks, He'll Publish It Himself; New York Times". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  6. ^ Sunday Feature. "Education Notes; Eugene Register-Guard". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  7. ^ Miles O'Brien, CNN. "Benjamin Kaplan Discusses 'How To Go To College Almost For Free';". Retrieved 2012-12-02.