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You’re Invited to the “5 Essential Scholarship Tips Parents Need to Know” Webinar

picture of money for scholarship tipsIf you’re the parent of college-bound high school students, you’re probably looking for any possible sources of free money to help pay for college. This is why you need to attend our free webinar on “5 Essential Scholarship Tips Parents Need to Know” on Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 pm Central Time. Unless, of course, you have an extra $250,000 somewhere to pay for four-years of college. Otherwise, you really don’t want to miss this opportunity. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Average Endowment per Student

house of gold coins representing average endowment per student(I’ve updated this with the most recent IPEDS data from my spreadsheet and added a few more references.)
Why look at a college’s endowment when trying to decide where to go to school? This falls into the category of all other things being equal, why not attend an institution that is in a better financial situation? Or more importantly, why risk going to a university that is facing financial difficulties? + Read More

9 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Playing College Baseball-Part 1

Baseball pitcher practicing to improve chances of playing college baseballHere are nine things that you can do that will improve your chances of playing college baseball. These aren’t about improving specific baseball skills, although that may happen. It’s about giving you the edge over another player who has the exact same stats and ability ratings as you do. In other words, these suggestions aren’t going to make a D2 player into a D1 player. It is about making it as easy as possible for a college coach to recruit you from the hundreds of other players that he has to choose from. + Read More

Why Paying for College is More Intimidating than Buying a House

boy scared of idea of paying for collegeYou’ll often hear the media talk about college costs spiraling out of control. There’s usually something about how it will be the second largest purchase a family makes after buying a house. And because of student loans, a lot of graduates are finding that college was their largest purchase because they can’t afford to buy a house. The reality is that for most families figuring out how to pay for college is pretty intimidating, much more intimidating than buying a house. + Read More

Reality Check Part 2: Playing College Baseball

baseball on field representing playing college baseball reality checkHopefully, the previous post demonstrated that the chances of getting a scholarship to play college baseball aren’t very good. Sometimes I think parents talk about the baseball scholarship as a way to justify the amount of time and money their family is spending on baseball. Claiming that it’s all to pay for college is an easy and obvious excuse. + Read More

26 Best Bets for Test Optional Merit Aid

dollar signs on chalk board representing best options for test optional colleges merit aidThink because you’re a miserable test taker, you don’t have a chance at merit aid? Maybe not. If you’re willing to step away from the limelight of prestige and top 50 college rankings, you can find some excellent opportunities among the growing number of test optional colleges. With just a little digging into the data, I came up with 26 possible test optional colleges for merit aid. + Read More

Where is the Priceline for Colleges?

Safari tourists looking for College Priceline to make college lists.The first time I used Priceline was planning our summer trip to take my son, Ethan, to visit 14* colleges and two baseball camps. Rather than look-up and compare hotels from Texas to Pennsylvania, it was actually easier to just put in a bid at Priceline. I set the quality level, the general area, and how much I was willing to pay and voila, cheap, quality hotels every night of the trip. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Colleges with Highest Percentage of Students with Disabilities

Student lookng at maze representing colleges for students with disabilitiesAttempting to list colleges and universities with the best services for students with disabilities ultimately demonstrates the problems in creating a list of the “best” of anything. When dealing with disabilities, so much depends on the individual needs of the students so what is ideal for one student won’t work for another. Never mind the fact that an institution’s approach to accommodating students can also heavily rely on one or two persons’ attitudes. + Read More

11.7 Reality Check: College Baseball Scholarships

Baseball player sliding representing 11.7 Baseball ScholarshipsAt the end of my son’s last high school summer baseball season, I was struck by the number of players who had graduated and didn’t know yet where they were going to attend college. I heard a lot of talk from parents about “maybe walking on” to various teams and see what happens. These were good players, the majority better than my son who did know where he was going. + Read More

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