Don’t miss the upcoming Facebook Live Session “Denied/Deferred in the Early Decision Round: Now What?“ and learn the next steps to take to get past the rejection.
Evelyn Alexander, Certified Educational Planner and founder of Magellan College Counseling, will provide you with the information you need to help your teen refocus her efforts to ensure she has plenty of good options to choose from and everyone can enjoy the holidays!
This FREE session will be this Monday, December 18, 1:30 pm Central Time on the DIYCollegeRankngs Facebook page. Enter your name and email below to get a reminder so that miss your chance to ask Evelyn questions.
If you missed the first two sessions with Evelyn, check out the recordings below.
“College Essays: Tips to Make Them Shine”
“College Applications: How to Rock December”
Are you worried about finding the right college for your kids? Does the idea of researching colleges make you nervous? Do you find the idea of finding and paying for college daunting? Do you just want to know how to get started? If you answered “yes” to any to the previous questions, I’ve got a college search cheat sheet for you. Continue reading
A few years ago I did a post on Best Financial Bets for 50-50 Public Universities. The idea is to create a list of public schools that accept at least 50% of students and have at least a 50% graduation rate and are likely to be affordable through either merit or need-based financial aid. I’ve decide to update the list using simpler criteria which increased the number of colleges on the list. Ultimately, I ended up with 66 50-50 public colleges as best financial bets. If you aren’t interested in the gory details of how I came up with the list, just skip to the end to see the entire list. Continue reading
Imagine choosing between two job offers. (I know, many would be grateful with just one but I did say imagine.) All other things being equal, you would pick the highest paying one, right? So if you’re deciding where to play D1 college baseball, all other things being equal, you would pick the one that spends the most money on the team. Continue reading
In July of 2015, the United States government finally gained control of the FAFSA.com website. Until then, the website was owned and operated by Student Financial Aid Service, Inc. which charged students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Over the years, FAFSA.com became the poster child for financial aid scams designed to take advantage students and families trying to get financial aid for college. So does its demise represent the final statement of whether or not students should pay for a private financial aid consultant to complete the FAFSA? Continue reading
Why am I asking the question? It started with a college list. I decided to create a list of colleges that have an acceptance rate of 20% or lower. The idea is that I would use it as a sample for other lists I’m creating and hoping to sell. See, most students won’t get into the most competitive schools so I’m not really losing anything by giving away such a list. A total of 43 schools made the list. Continue reading
(This post has been updated with data available December of 2017.)
Since I did a post on the average operating expenses for D1 baseball teams, I thought some might appreciate a similar one for softball. The table below shows the average college softball expenses from 20011 to 2015 for D1 softball programs. Continue reading
(I’ve updated this post with information available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System in the November 2017)
Back when I was a freshman attending a rather large state university in Austin, Texas, I ran into quite a few students (relatively speaking) from the state of New York. They told me that they were attending college in Texas because our out-of-state tuition was cheaper than their in-state tuition. I only saw them that one year because the following year, the legislature raised out-of-state tuition and Texas was no longer as appealing to New Yorkers as it once was. Continue reading
With all the talk about student debt, it’s easy to miss the PLUS loan numbers. PLUS loans are federal loans taken out by parents on the student’s behalf. The really scary thing about PLUS loans is that parents can borrow up to the full amount of tuition. Furthermore, eligibility for PLUS loans isn’t based on ability to repay the loan but rather your credit history. Just think about it, even with a great credit history, a bank won’t loan you money for $250,000 house without some evidence that you can make the payments. The government will. Continue reading
Just a casual browsing of my blog would reveal that I’m not anti-athlete. When my son wanted to play baseball in college, I spent a lot of time educating myself about the college baseball recruiting process and shared the information here. However, there’s a big difference between playing college sports and receiving an athletic scholarship. Continue reading