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Reality Check Part 2: Playing College Baseball

Athletic scholarship 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

348 Colleges with Free College Application Fees

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The 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 2014. The IPEDS data is the fee charged for the 2013-14 academic year while the Common Application Data is for the 2014-15 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

10 Things You Should Know About the 2015 US News Best College Rankings

5 star ratingDespite the increasing number of college rankings and the growing criticism of their use, US News Best College Rankings is hard to ignore. And you have to admit, they do make it easy to decide whether or not you should be impressed when you hear which school the valedictorian is attending. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, people are going to be talking about the rankings. For those who want to contribute something meaningful to the discussion (or considering schools not in the top of the rankings), you should be aware of the following: + Read More

11.7 Reality Check: College Baseball Scholarships

baseball player sliding into baseAt 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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