Recent Blogs

15 Sample Athletic Resumes and Letters

kid holding baseball representing need for sample athletic resumes(I’ve added other resources since I originally published this article so I’m now up to 22 samples. Recently, I’ve only been adding resources that offer something other than a generic resume template. However, if I come across a great sample only resume, I’ll be sure to include it.)

There are plenty of samples of athletic resumes/profiles on the internet. It’s just tedious going through all the search results to find something useful. Well, I’ve just saved you the trouble–you can thank me later. + Read More

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

apple and chalkboard representing good grades won't get you a great scholarshipMost people know that good grades will get you into college. And maybe if they’re good enough (along with an appropriate essay and the right extracurriculars and recommendations), they might get you into your dream or reach college. But while good grades may get you into college, chances are they won’t pay for it. This often comes as a surprise to students and their families but it really shouldn’t. There are 3 common situations where students aren’t going to qualify for enough academic scholarships to pay for college. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Colleges That Require the PROFILE Financial Aid Application

woman confused about colleges that require the PROFILEThere has been a lot of discussion of simplifying the FAFSA. The argument is that too many low-income students don’t apply because they are intimidated by the process, don’t understand that they can qualify for significant grant aid, or don’t have all of the required information. All of these are legitimate concerns that can be resolved without reducing the application to the size of a postcard. + Read More

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

baseball player representing a player that doesn't get recruitedThere are a lot of athletes and their families that are expecting to play their sport in college. And far too many of them are actually counting on an athletic scholarship as part of their plan to pay for college. Yet, the truth is that most of these players won’t be recruited to play in college, much less get a scholarship. If you’re one of the following types of players, chances are you won’t be playing in college. + Read More

How to Create a Smarter College List for Data Geeks

person at computer creating a smarter college listThere are a lot of ways to create a college list. You can use any of the readily available college rankings and just start pulling out the highest ranked colleges you think you can get into. You can use one of the different college search websites to find colleges with specific majors or located in your preferred states. Or you can just pick from those that send you the best view books or has the best YouTube channel. + 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

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