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50-50 Highlights: Most Affordable Public University by State

Money representing Most Affordable Public University by StateOne factor that will determine how much you pay for college is location. I’ve talked before about how students who insist only on schools in the northeast or on the coasts will pay for the privilege. Geography can actually be a hook depending on the location of the college and the student. Here, I’m going to cover how location can affect how much you pay to attend a public university. Continue reading

5 Financial Mistakes that Can Limit Your Chance of Playing Your Sport at the College Level

5 financial recruiting mistakesSo far I’ve covered signs that you don’t understand the college athletic recruiting process and mistakes players and families make about their ability and what it means. Today, I’m going to cover mistakes related to finances when looking for athletic scholarships. If it’s really about using sports to help pay for college, you need to avoid the following college recruiting mistakes. Continue reading

5 Ways Parents Can Help Their Students Get Great Letters of Recommendation for College

Mother helping daughter get great letters of recommendations for collegeThis is one area where parents can sigh with relief because things haven’t changed that much since they were in high school. While colleges are expecting high school students to have taken more classes and with more of them having been AP level and participate in extracurricular activities to demonstrate depth, they aren’t asking for letters of recommendation from Nobel Prize winners, or at the very least, your state’s senator. High school teachers are still the accepted goto for recommendation letters. Continue reading

4 College Recruiting Mistakes to Avoid When You’re the Best Player on Your Team

Boy saying oh no about Recruiting MistakesA lot of high school players and their families believe that being the best player on their teams is their ticket to playing at the college level. The truth is that star high school athletes are likely to make some assumptions about their ability that will undermine their chances of playing in college. Here are four college recruiting mistakes based on assumptions of talent that you must avoid. Continue reading

How to Research a College: 10 Things to Check Out

Dictionary defiition of research representing how to research a college(You can find even more information and strategies in How to Create a College List When You Don’t Know Where to Start.)

Sometime in their junior, or maybe even their senior year, high school students will generate a list of colleges based on some general characteristics such as size, majors, and location. When it comes to narrowing the list, many students are at a loss of how to do it. There’s no magic formula for deciding between schools. Ultimately, students need to research them further to find their differences. But how do you research a college?

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5 Signs that You Don’t Understand the College Recruiting Process

College Recruiting MistakesIf you spend any time on the internet or reading books on college athletic recruiting, you’ll see lists of common mistakes made by families during the recruiting process. The interesting thing is that there isn’t a lot of variation in the mistakes mentioned, it appears that people are making the same recruiting mistakes over and over. You have to wonder since there are warnings about them everywhere.

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Where to Find the Best Scholarships

kittens trying to find the best scholarshipsSometime during their senior in high school, students will start receiving notices from the counseling office about  various available college scholarships. These scholarships will probably range in the $250 to $1,000 range with a few hitting $5,000. They’ll be encouraged to start using the different scholarship search websites so that they won’t have to take out student loans. By January, they’ll hear that if only they would get organized and be persistent, they can take advantage of all the college scholarships out there that haven’t been taken because no one applied. Continue reading

What Athletes Need to Know Before Starting the College Recruiting Process

Woman tying shoe representing what you need to know to start the college recruiting processThis is a basic introduction to the college recruiting landscape. I’m sure there will be many who will read this and think, “you’ve got to be kidding-how could you not know this?” Yet, you would be surprised at how many families don’t know that D3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships or that some rules will depend on the college’s conference. Consider this a review of the basic terms that you need to know to even start the college recruiting process.
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Why You Should Pay More Attention to College Graduation Rates Rather Than Retention Rates

picture of graduates representing difference between graduation rates and freshman retention ratesAnyone who reads my blog for a while will realize that I have a thing about college graduation rates. One of the “50’s” in my 50-50 schools is graduation rates. And I can’t say it’s just something I started paying attention to as my son got closer to college. My master’s report was on high school graduation rates. Yeah, I was playing with graduation rates before most people ever heard of them. So no one should be surprised that I want to be clear about the difference between graduation rates and freshman retention rates and why it matters. Continue reading