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4 Easy Steps to Find 254 Colleges for Potential Merit Scholarships

Person crossing stepping stones representing steps to finding merit scholarshipsFor those still looking for affordable colleges, I’m updating this post. Because I’ve updated the spreadsheet several times since I wrote this post, some of the numbers in the text won’t match the results in the graphics. You can see a video demonstration at the end of the post.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to use the DIY College Rankings Spreadsheet to find private colleges most likely to provide generous merit aid in just four easy steps. These are schools that students with high EFC’s should target for non-need based aid. This is in no way a guarantee. Rather, consider this a way to improve your chances for merit aid given the available information. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Don’t Overlook These 104 Liberal Arts Colleges

Students on lawn considering Liberal Arts Colleges US News Best College Rankings consists of two national lists: National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges. Most people recognize the schools at the top of the National Universities list. Those at the top of the National Liberal Arts lists? Not so much. The reason is because by definition, Liberal Arts Colleges (LAC) are smaller, have a limited number of majors, and few, if any graduate students. And this makes them some of the most effective college teaching experiences around. + Read More

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

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