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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: Colleges with the Most Students Receiving Pell Grants

hands holding apple and orange representing comparing colleges with high percentage of pell grant studentsOne of the problems with college rankings is that much of the rankings are based on inputs. How good are the students who go to the school, how much money does the school spend on students and faculty. It’s kind of weird when you think about it. If we ranked hospitals by their inputs, the ones who admitted the healthiest patients would come out on top. Is it any surprise that the most highly ranked colleges are the ones that are the most selective? + Read More

Why My Spreadsheets Don’t Include the Coaches’ Email Addresses

cat looking at laptop to contact college coachesMy College Athletic Spreadsheets do not include any coaches’ information. No email addresses for baseball coaches or phone numbers for softball coaches. I occasionally get requests to include the coaches’ email addresses but I have no intention of doing so. Why? Because athletes serious about getting recruited to play in college isn’t going to spam every college coach in their sport. + Read More

20 Schools to Avoid if You’re Making a List of Affordable Colleges

college student thinking about Schools to Avoid if You’re Making a List of Affordable CollegesIn case you haven’t heard, some colleges are more likely to provide you institutional scholarships and grants than others. Some are more generous with merit aid while others give better need-based aid. And just as some colleges are known for their aid, there are those that are known for the lack of it. In this post, I’m listing 20 colleges that you should avoid if you’re looking for significant help in cutting the cost of college. + Read More

College Softball Teams by State

Softball team huddleIf you want to play college softball, you should probably be looking in California, New York, or Pennsylvania. However, if you’re looking specifically for Junior College teams, you should be focusing on Illinois and Texas. The states with the most D1 softball programs are New York, California, and Texas. The D3 college programs are concentrated in Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. + Read More

24 Places to Get Help with the FAFSA

Hand reaching out of water for help with FAFSAIn case you haven’t heard, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on October 1st this year. That means that it’s time for high school seniors to fill out the FAFSA. If you don’t think you need to fill out the FAFSA, you need to read I won’t qualify for financial aid, why should I fill out the FAFSA? The Department of Education estimates the average time to complete the FAFSA, including gathering documents, to take two hours and it is two hours well spent. If you find yourself needing some help with the FAFSA, try these resources first. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Colleges With the Highest Institutional Aid

College graduate holding money representing institutional aidAnyone who has been paying attention to college costs and financial aid has probably heard that there really isn’t one set sticker price for college. It’s a lot like airline tickets. People sitting next to each other on a flight probably paid very different amounts for their tickets depending on when they bought them. Like airline tickets, very few families actually pay the sticker price for college. + Read More

Getting Recruited for Athletic Scholarships is All About Knowing the Numbers

baseball scoreboard representing knowing the numbers of athletic scholarshipsThis 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

3 Things You Need to Know Before You Submit Your Early Decision Application

Student thinking about early decisionThe first of the Early Decision college admissions deadlines are approaching and students are nervously revising their college application essays. However, before they submit their application, they need to remember that there are reasons why people criticize Early Decision as primarily benefiting rich kids. As students make one final review of their application, they should make sure they know the following three things about Early Decision. + Read More

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