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woman looking at a list of colleges on a camputerIf you’re planning to create a college list, take a look at some existing lists before starting. It’s possible that you’ll find a couple that can save you a lot of time. If nothing else, a quick perusal might generate some new ideas or bring up some issues you hadn’t considered. Best of all-most of the lists are free.

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Should You Pay Someone to Complete the FAFSA?

Hand raising help sign in pile of crumpled papers representing FAFSA preparers(Updated Dec 2018) 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

6 Things High School Baseball Players Must Have on Their Player Profile

baseball player representing what needs to be on athletic profileThere are a variety of ways to format an athletic profile for baseball. And, yes, you want to have an athletic profile, also called a player or baseball profile, you can print out or email to coaches. Having a baseball profile in PDF form is very handy to attached to an email to a coach, especially if the college doesn’t have an online recruiting form. Continue reading

Maybe You Can Get Money From a College You’ve Never Applied To

Student happy about paying less for college using TuitionFitWhen talking to people about paying for college, one of my mantras is that you can’t get money from a college you’ve never applied to. Well, that’s about to change with a new app called TuitionFit. TuitionFit is an absolute game changer in the college money arena and every family needs to know about it. Because if you use TuitionFit, you just could get money from a college you’ve never applied to.

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Division 2 Baseball Colleges and Conferences

empty baseball dugout representing division 2 baseball colleges(Skip to the end of the post to see the list.) NCAA Division 2 is the smallest for baseball colleges. It has only 269 members compared to 296 for D1 Baseball and 382 for 32 Baseball. However, unlike D3, Division 2 Baseball colleges offer scholarships although not the same amount as D1 schools. D1 schools are limited to 11.7 while D2 have a max of 9. However, an advantage Division 2 Baseball colleges have over D1 schools is that they are allowed to have tryouts. What better way to find out where you stand with a coach than by having an actual tryout? Continue reading

Public Universities with Cheapest Out-of-State Tuition

pocket with money representing saving at colleges with low out-of-state tuition(I’ve updated this post with information available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System in the September 2018)

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