On Friday WaMo editor in chief Paul Glastris, co-author with Jane Sweetland of The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You, was on MSNBC’s The Cycle to talk about how students and parents can get their acts together before the May 1 date on which most colleges expect final decisions to be made by those wishing to enroll in the fall.

Glastris walked The Cycle‘s hosts through a series of pressure points on which the book can be helpful, including pre-college preparation, fihding the right “fit,” measuring value in terms of bang for the buck, graduation rates and loan burdens, and avoiding pitfalls like enrolling in a community college in a state that doesn’t let you transfer all your credits to a four-year institution.

Here’s the relevant clip:

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.