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What You Need to Know About Verbal Commitments

hand shake representing verbal commitmentsIf you’re looking to play college athletics, you can’t help but hear about verbal commitments. And if you’re pursuing an athletic scholarship, chances are that you’ll be making a verbal commitment yourself. Plenty of powerhouse schools expect athletes to verbally commit long before the National signing day.  So the sooner you can make a verbal commitment, the better–right? The question is better for whom? Continue reading

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

Student happy about paying less for college using TuitionFit

When 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 changing 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. Continue reading

How Much do D1 Colleges Spend on Softball Programs?


(This post has been updated with data available December of 2019.) All things being equal, why not play for a college that spends more money on its softball program? Of course, all things are rarely equal and money doesn’t guarantee a winning record. But who knows, maybe while scrolling through the schools, looking to see which ones are higher or lower than you expected, you might come across a school you hadn’t previously considered. I wouldn’t use it to reduce your choices, unless all things being equal, but it just might expand your horizons. The table below shows the average college softball expenses from 2013 to 2017 for D1 softball programs. Continue reading

20 Schools to Avoid if You’re Making a List of Affordable Colleges


college student thinking about Schools to Avoid if You’re Making a List of Affordable CollegesIn case you haven’t heard, some colleges are more likely to provide you institutional scholarships and grants than others. Some are more generous with merit aid while others give better need-based aid. And just as some colleges are known for their aid, there are those that are known for the lack of it. In this post, I’m listing 20 colleges that you should avoid if you’re looking for significant help in cutting the cost of college.

It doesn’t help that these schools start off expensive. All of these schools had a total cost of attendance of $60,000 or more for 2018-19. A total of 13 were actually above $70,000. Continue reading