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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 11

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the eleventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Eleven colleges to check out. The following were the 11 most popular 50-50 colleges on the website.

James Madison University

Miami University-Oxford

The College of Wooster

Santa Clara University

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

University of Alabama

Marquette University

University of Tennessee

University of Redlands

Loras College

Emmanuel College


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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 10

12 days of christmas day 10(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the tenth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Ten ways to contribute to student debt.

10 Things Parents Do That Increase College Student Debt

If you don’t have the money talk, your student may never apply to the colleges that would provide the needed scholarships. So you take out loans instead.

The 10 Worst Colleges – Do It Yourself College Rankings

 Prioritizing rankings over affordability is a good way to contribute to student debt.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 9

12 days of christmas(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the ninth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Nine ways to improve your opportunities.

9 Ways to Expand Your College Education Through Off-Campus Study and Exchanges

Off-campus study programs can help you establish contacts in distant cities for internships or job opportunities. They can provide you the chance to try something different without having to commit to four years at one campus.

9 Resources for Creating Your Own Softball or Baseball Recruiting Video

If you have a video camera, a video stand, and a basic editing program, you can create your own video that will be perfectly fine for college baseball or softball recruiting.

9 Ways to 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.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 8

12 days of christmas day 8(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the eighth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Eight college admissions money tips.

8 Things Parents Must Know About Paying for College

The most competitive colleges offer few, if any, academic scholarships.

8 Ways Showcase Camps Can Be a Waste of Money

Attending a camp without knowing what coaches will be present is a waste of money.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

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Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 7

12 Days of Christmas DAy 7(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the seventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Seven things you should know in college admissions.

7 Things You Need to Know When Looking for College Scholarships

Approximately 7 percent of undergraduate students received private scholarships, with an average value of $1,982.

7 Things to Look for to Find a Good College

Finding colleges you like and worrying about how you will pay for them later is a bad idea.

7 Steps to a Smarter College List

Even if finances aren’t a primary consideration, most people don’t do a very good job of creating a college list.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

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Looking for a list of colleges that…?

woman looking at a list of colleges on a camputerIf you’re planning to create a college list, take a look at some existing lists before starting. It’s possible that you’ll find a couple that can save you a lot of time. If nothing else, a quick perusal might generate some new ideas or bring up some issues you hadn’t considered. Best of all-most of the lists are free.

This is will be an on-going project so be sure to check back for updates.

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 5

12 Days of Christmas Day 5(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the fifth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Five things to know.

5 Financial Aid Strategies Parents of Sophomores Need to Know Before the Spring Semester

Yeah, I know it’s cutting it close for this one to be useful, but still worth a read.

5 Rules About Paying for College That Most Parents Don’t Know

If you only have a limited amount of time to look for scholarships, your best bet is look for colleges that provide the most money.

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

Knowing your EFC means that you can apply to schools most likely to meet your financial needs.

5 Ways You Can Undermine Your Chances After Submitting Your College Application

According to the National Association for college Admission Counseling, the most common reason for colleges to revoke admissions offers was final grades.

5 Financial Mistakes that Can Limit Your Chance of Playing Your Sport at the College Level

I think all parents of 12 year-olds playing a sport should have to sign a form that states they understand that most college athletes do not receive full-ride scholarships.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 4

12 Days of Christmas Day 4(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the fourth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

How to search and what to avoid.

4 Easy Steps to Find 254 Colleges for Potential Merit Scholarships

An average net price of over $30,000 suggests that regardless of the amount of aid being awarded, the school is still likely to be expensive.

4 College Recruiting Mistakes to Avoid When You’re the Best Player on Your Team

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that you can judge your ability because you have played other teams and haven’t seen anyone as good as you.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 3

12 Days of Christmas day 3(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the third day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Three wake-up calls about college financial aid and recruiting.

3 Hard Truths About Financial Aid

For the majority of families, the EFC is going to be much higher than they anticipated.

3 Reasons Why Your Kid’s Good Grades Won’t Pay for College

Yes, your teen may have great grades and test scores. But are they substantially better than everyone else’s that attends the colleges she’s applying to?

3 Types of Players that Don’t get Recruited by Colleges

Players with low grades and poor test scores who are counting on their athletic accomplishments getting them into college are likely to be very disappointed.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets. But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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