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6 Tips for Making a Better College Search List

person using table to make a better college search listIf you want to make a better college search list, don’t limit your potential list of colleges to just schools you have heard of. There are over 1,500 four-year US colleges-there is no reason to start off with a short list of five institutions. Having a larger list of colleges opens up opportunities you haven’t even considered at prices you didn’t think possible. Continue reading

NCAA Men’s D1 Soccer Colleges

foot kicking soccer ball representing ncaa d1 soccer programsThere are 204 NCAA D1 soccer colleges for men in the United States according to the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). The NCAA allows colleges to offer a maximum of 9.9 scholarships for men’s D1 soccer teams which is less than the 12 allowed by the NAIA and the 18 for JuCo programs. Since Soccer is an equivalency sport, single scholarships can be divided among multiple players meaning few, if any, players will receive full-ride D1 scholarships. Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Using College Navigator for Creating Your College List

Student using laptop to search college navigatorWhy should you use College Navigator as your starting point in creating your college list? Two reasons. The first is that College Navigator is provided by the federal government which is also one of the two major data sources for college search websites and the more reliable of the two. Really. When US News College Rankings wants to check their data, they use the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data to check the Common Data Set (CDS). Continue reading

Who Pays for a College Athlete’s Health Care?

Doctor with patient asking who pays for college athletic health care.All college athletes are required by the NCAA to have healthcare insurance. The NCAA does not mandate colleges to pay the healthcare costs for athletes. Should a player be injured, the parent’s insurance is considered the primary insurance for paying for the athlete’s injury costs. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since the term “student-athlete” was created so that colleges wouldn’t be held liable for sports related injuries. Continue reading

Cutting College Costs: Community Colleges with On-Campus Housing

girl on bed with computer in community colleges with dorms(I’ve updated the number of community colleges with on-campus housing with data available from IPEDS in June, 2019.) As families recoil in horror contemplate the price tag of four years of college, some start to look more closely at all of the available options, including community colleges with on-campus housing. Since community colleges are offering more traditional college amenities such as dorms, honor programs, sports, and student activities, they are becoming a more attractive way for families to seriously cut their college expenses. Continue reading