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When Will College Coaches Start Contacting Me?

Student wondering when college coaches start contacting himIf you’re serious about playing college athletics, you need to understand when and how college coaches start contacting you (officially) and when you can contact them. I remember sitting in the bleachers in April and listening to one parent’s angst that the baseball coach from a particular college hadn’t called them yet. The fact was that this was April of the player’s junior year–according to the NCAA recruiting periods and contact rules the coach couldn’t call him until July. Continue reading

How Much Should Students Borrow for College?

graduation hat on money representing how much money you should borrow for collegeAnyone who pays attention to the media has heard the alarming reports about student debt. In the United States student loans total $870 billion which now exceeds the total credit card balance. Scary numbers. You would expect the question, “How much should I borrow for college?” to be the question that all students and their families are asking. But I don’t’ think that’s actually the case.

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7 Things You Need to Know When Looking for College Scholarships

A maze with money representing 7 Things You Need to Know When Looking for College ScholarshipsWith all of the college scholarship search websites available, it would seem that getting a scholarship to pay for school has never been easier. Unigo’s scholarship match offers to match students to 3.6 million college scholarships worth over $14 billion. And Scholarships.com tells you that there are over 3.7 million scholarships worth $19 billion just waiting for you. How hard can it be to get a scholarship? Continue reading

9 Ways to Expand Your College Education Through Off-Campus Study and Exchanges

College student waving goodbyeMost college students know that they can study abroad but fewer realize that there are opportunities for off-campus study without ever leaving the country. Why would you want to do that?

Such exchange programs allow you to explore academic subjects not normally available on your campus or to immerse yourself in one area for a semester. Off-campus study programs can help you establish contacts in distant cities for internships or job opportunities. They can provide you the chance to try something different without having to commit to four years at one campus. Continue reading

50-50 Highlights: NCAA D1 Colleges

NCAA D1 football fans in a stadiumIs it possible to have college without athletics? The rest of the world pretty much thinks so. But we’re in the United States where college sports is a big business and can be a major selling point for universities. Students are interested in watching big time sports and the shared identity. For players it’s the next step, often the only or final step, in their athletic careers. For better or worse, sports play a major role in college education. Continue reading

5 Ways to Get Smart About the National Letter of Intent

hand signing the national letter of intentWe’ve all seen the pictures in the local paper, high school seniors signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for a specific university or college. Sometimes there are proud parents in the pictures. Other times, you’ll see team colors or maybe a football. What you won’t see is a coach from the university the student is signing the NLI with.

Why? Because it’s not allowed under the rules. Continue reading

Why People Waste Their College Visits-Part 2

Students walking on campus representing college visitsIn the first part of Why People Waste Their College Campus Visits, I discussed how students and families don’t make the most of college visits because they don’t understand there are different types of campus visits and don’t prepare appropriately. I covered some common issues regarding campus visits and listed one of three types of campus visits. This post lists the remaining types of visits and what to do if you can’t visit. Continue reading

50-50 Highlights: Colleges with the Lowest Student Loan Default Rates

Piggy bank being crushed representing Colleges with the Lowest Student Loan Default RateGiven that paying for a college education now rivals buying a house, it isn’t surprising the New York Fed reports that “Balances of student loans have eclipsed both auto loans and credit cards, making student loan debt the largest form of consumer debt outside of mortgages.” Faced with limited financial aid and the prospect of the equivalent of a mortgage payment upon graduating from college, families can’t help but ask if “college is worth it?” Continue reading

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