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5 Reasons to Know Your EFC Before You Even Apply to College

2 figures with empy piggy bank because they don't know their EFC Too many people think that your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is something that you worry about when you apply for financial aid, if they have heard the term at all. And if you’re a family with high school students thinking about college, it’s definitely a term you should become familiar with immediately. Why? Because what you don’t know about your EFC can hurt you long before you even start to fill-out college application forms. + Read More

Getting Recruited for Athletic Scholarships is All About Knowing the Numbers

scorebaord representing data you need to get for an Athletic ScholarshipThis shouldn’t be a surprising statement to anyone involved in sports. After all, every sport starts off with the most basic of numbers, wins and losses, or first, second, and third place. Potential college players and their families have probably spent a significant amount of time and money the last few years trying to improve their personal numbers to improve their odds (more numbers) of getting an athletic scholarships. But you need to pay attention to more than your personal numbers if you’re serious about playing in college. + Read More

What’s Wrong with These 135 Colleges…and Does it Matter?

searching for Affordable collegesYou may have missed the excitement last May when Ronald Nelson announced he was going to attend the University of Alabama. This was a big deal not because Alabama had grabbed the top football recruit in the nation. It was a big deal because Nelson was actually accepted at all eight Ivy League schools, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Washington University in St. Louis. He turned them all down to attend the honors college at the University of Alabama. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: 46 Public Colleges for Merit Aid

Pig using calculator to find 46 Public Colleges for Merit AidMerit scholarships from colleges aren’t simply a way for schools to reward students for accomplishments, it’s part of the supply and demand of paying for college. Colleges use merit aid as a way to increase the supply of “accomplished” students at their schools. This is why the most competitive colleges in the country such as Princeton and Harvard don’t offer merit scholarships–they have no problem attracting high achieving students to their schools. + Read More

Must Read for High School Baseball Players and their Parents

baseball on field representing information on how to play college baseballThere is a post at the Next Level Baseball Player blog that all high school baseball players who want to play college baseball and their parents should read “A Raw Look Inside College Baseball Recruiting.” It’s an email from a coach at a D1 university responding to a father who asked why his kid isn’t good enough to play for the coach’s college baseball program. + Read More

413 Colleges with Free College Application Fees

student looking at colleges with free application feesThe free college application fees list has been updated based on the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and information from the Common Application available in September of 2015. The IPEDS data is the fee charged for the 2014-15 academic year while the Common Application Data is for the 2015-16 year. Yes, it’s very possible the data reported by IPEDS will not be valid for the coming year. But it’s what is available.

Everyone knows the cost of higher education is spiraling out of control. Did you know that the cost to apply to college has reached equally outrageous levels? Applying to US News Top Ten National Universities would set you back $775 in application fees with a low of $65 to a high of $90. Only one school charged less than $75. That doesn’t include the cost of sending in testing scores reports. + Read More

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