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College Search Cheat Sheet

listing showing college search cheat sheetAre you worried about finding the right college for your kids? Does the idea of researching colleges make you nervous? Do you find the idea of finding and paying for college daunting? Do you just want to know how to get started? If you answered “yes” to any to the previous questions, I’ve got a college search cheat sheet for you. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Most Expensive Colleges

stack of money representing most expensive collegesThe point of the 50-50 schools list is to identify colleges and universities that are accessible to most students while meeting a minimum standard for college graduation. However, just because a school is academically accessible doesn’t mean that students can afford to attend. Some of the most expensive colleges make the list. Like colleges and universities in general, colleges on the 50-50 list vary dramatically in their financial aid generosity. + Read More

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 National signing day.  So the sooner you can make a verbal commitment, the better–right? The question is better for whom? + Read More

Public Universities Where at Least Half of Students Graduate

College graduates representing pubic university graduation ratesThe idea behind the 50-50 school listing is to identify colleges that meet a basic standard, graduation rates, while accepting more students than they reject. However, acceptance rates of 50% or better do not guarantee accessibility for many students. The fact is that the majority of the 50-50 schools are private and not all are generous with their financial aid. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Colleges with the Best Graduation Rates

graduating students from colleges with the best graduation ratesPeople are generally a little surprised when I recommend using 50% as the minimum graduation rate for looking for colleges. It does seem like a pretty low standard but the fact is that only approximately a quarter of colleges and universities have a four-year graduation rate of 49% or higher. If you use the five-year rate for public institutions, than then number increases to about a third of all schools. + Read More

Can College Athletes Receive both Athletic and Academic Scholarships?

Basketball and mortar board representing athletic and academic scholarshipsYou would think this would be an easy question to answer. And it is for NCAA D3 schools since they aren’t allowed to offer any athletic scholarships so the answer is no. As for D1 or D2 schools, if you just stop and think about it a little, you would begin to realize that there’s no way it could possibly have a simple answer. + Read More

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. + Read More

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. + Read More

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. + Read More

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. + Read More

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