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Why Your Best Financial Aid Will Probably Come From a College No One Has Ever Heard Of

Never-heard-of-it-200I’ve reviewed multiple college search websites and searching by size is always an option. Size is probably one of the first limitations students use when searching for colleges, often based on little to no real experience or evidence. And if you’re interested in getting the best financial aid possible, this is a big mistake. Continue reading

50-50 Highlights: Colleges Where Students Are Most Likely to Graduate with Debt

golden graduate figure holding on to debtIn case you’ve been in a coma and haven’t heard, there is a student loan crisis. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the total student loan debt of $870 billion exceeds that of consumer credit card debt. Apparently, students are borrowing too much to pay for college. Or maybe they’re not borrowing too much, they just don’t have jobs that will allow them to make their loan payments. Continue reading

How to Get Recruited to Play College Baseball

player sliding into base representing how to get recruited to play college baseballSo your first question is what would a homeschool mom know about how to get recruited to play college baseball? Simple, it’s like everything else in homeschooling–once our son decided that he wanted to play baseball in college we realized that we would have to figure out the process ourselves. A lot of what we learned can be applied to anyone trying to play college sports but the specifics here will be on baseball. Continue reading

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

50-50 Highlights: 40 Colleges for High-Income Families–and 40 Colleges to Avoid

money and graduation hat representing colleges for high income familiesFamilies are told not to avoid private colleges and universities because of their high sticker prices. The fact is that very few people pay the actual sticker price. This includes families in the highest income category since most private schools have some form of tuition discounting more commonly known as “merit aid.” However, some 50-50 schools are more likely to offer merit aid than others. This means that some colleges will be much more affordable for high income families than others–assume the student qualifies for merit aid. Continue reading

Want to be Recruited to Play in College? Draw Them a Map

Treasure map representing what players need to do to be Recruited to Play in CollegeIt doesn’t matter how many scouts or coaches show up to a tournament–if they don’t know you’re there you won’t be recruited to play in college. I remember one summer “showcase” tournament sitting in the bleachers behind home plate, pretty much by myself because it was over 100 degrees and if people couldn’t find shade, they left. Why was I still there? Since I had a towel to sit on, enough sun screen on to create a peelable layer, and my beat-up sun umbrella, I wasn’t much worse off than had I been in one of few pathetic shade spots near the dugout.
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What Happens to People Who Go To Colleges No One Has Ever Heard Of?

statue of woman wondering What Happens to People Who Go To Colleges No One Has Ever Heard Of?I think that there are a lot of families out there that would like to drop out of the race to get into the most prestigious college possible. They know that there are good reasons to look elsewhere. With seemingly ever decreasing admission rates, the numbers are against you. And financially, it often just makes sense to go to a lesser known school. But people can’t help but wonder if doing so means “settling” for less. They want to know what happens to people who go to colleges no one has ever heard of. Continue reading

50-50 Highlights: Colleges that Spend the Most on Teaching Students

plants growing in money representing colleges that spend the most on studentsThis week we’re looking at which colleges spend the most on teaching students. Specifically, we’re going to look at the average instructional expenses per student. In some ways, you can consider it a monetary form of the student-faculty ratio. Theoretically, the more money spent on teaching the student, the better for the student. Continue reading

Questions to Ask College Coaches on College Recruiting Visits

coach in dugout representing questions to ask college coachesThe following is a list of questions to ask college coaches during a college visit. These questions won’t be relevant for all sports or all colleges. For example, D3 colleges do not give out athletic scholarships so there’s no point in asking about them. Some questions may be more appropriate for a second visit than a first visit. After all, if a coach is just meeting you for the first time, he probably can’t rank you among recruits for specific positions. Continue reading

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