A pivotal time in every young collegiate athlete’s career is making the transition from high school athletics to the college level. To better understand this difficult process, our Athletes USA marketing intern Conner Huff spoke to a couple athletes that have survived college recruiting and lived to tell the tale. Both athletes are excelling in their respected sports; Cyrus Kington is a senior football player attending Hopkins County Central High School, and Ethan Noble is a South African pursuing a career in track. Connor asked both athletes a series of questions to better understand their issues; the first athlete Connor interviewed was Cyrus Kington.
What is FAFSA and How to Apply
Going to college can be a costly experience and for some families it can be too big of an investment. That’s why services like FAFSA exists, by completing a FAFSA you can determine what your contribution will be.
FAFSA is a part of the U.S Department of Education that provides students with financial aid. They provide $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students.
From 2017-2018 school year, on forward, FAFSA has changed the date you can officially submit your application, moving it from the 1st of January to the 1st of October. The new date aims to give families more time to evaluate different options, before deciding what school to attend. However, the deadline will still be by midnight Central Time, June 30.
It is important to keep in mind the application date, as most colleges give out financial aid on first-in basis, therefore the sooner you apply the bigger the chance to receive help.
Another change for this year is that you will have to provide older income information. As a result, for the coming 2017-2018 year, students and parents will have to provide their 2015 information instead of the 2016 as previously required.
The money can come, not only from the Federal Government, but from your state, college or a non-profit or private organization.
The different types of aids you may receive are:
· Grants: They don’t have to be repaid unless you, for example, withdraw from school.
· Loans: You must repay loans with interest as they are borrowed money for college.
· Work-study: A program through which you earn money to help paying for school.
You may apply through 3 different methods:
· Online at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid
· By telephone at 1-800-433-3243
· By mail filling out a PDF FAFSA form
Make sure that you prepare in advance to fill out the application and good luck.
SAT or ACT?
As soon as you start looking for colleges you have to pay attention to the admission requirements schools ask for. When it comes to test scores, colleges accept both the SAT and ACT for admissions and merit-based scholarships, so which one should you take?
These are the differences:
Top DI Track & Field Schools: Women’s Middle Distance
Middle distance; considered one of the hardest event fields due to the physical as well as mental energy athletes in these events require to perform. These events are also among the most competitive events to qualify out of preliminary rounds which are typically conducted the day before semifinals allowing a mere twenty-four hours for these elite athletes to recover. As with our sprints category our list was compiled based on NCAA Regional results. The top schools making our list were chosen based on the number of athletes universities qualified for the meet, how many athletes placed in prelims, and how many athletes advanced to compete in the NCAA Division I finals taking place on June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.
A Day in the Life – DI College Soccer
Name: Adria Beso
College: University of Connecticut
My name is Adria Beso and I am a UCONN graduate. The fall of 2014 was my last season playing soccer for UCONN, but as my college career came to an end, my career as a professional player was just beginning.
I’d like to spend a few minutes describing a typical day in the shoes of a student-athlete.
Everything you need to know about the NCAA Clearinghouse
For prospective athletes seeking to play in the NCAA ,being able to prove they are eligible to do so is a crucial step toward playing at the collegiate level. Everyday hundreds of aspiring athletes around the world begin this process with the NCAA clearinghouse to compete for Division I or Division II schools.
Decoding the National Letter of Intent
Here at Athletes USA our favorite time of year is just around the corner, the time of year when student athletes officially link their name to the school of their dreams and end the hustle and bustle of the recruiting process. On signing day athletes across the country and internationally gleefully sign their National Letter of Intent’s (NLI) sporting their new teams t-shirts and baseball caps with pride. If you haven’t been sent your very own NLI connect with Athletes USA today to get started on finding a school of your own www.athletes-usa.com/apply
For those of you who are unsure what an NLI is or its purpose in the realm of recruiting here’s the breakdown.
Press Release: Athletes USA & the OS-Tennisacademy form Partnership to further educate through Sport for international tennis players, Cologne, Germany – September 10, 2015
Athletes USA is proud to announce our latest partnership with the OS-Tennisacademy, a German tennis academy, located in the Cologne area, which offers high quality training to talented German junior players. By working together, tennis athletes who are looking to combine education and sport can now enroll into our sport scholarship program, allowing Athletes USA to provide those tennis athletes from the OS-Tennisacademy scholarship opportunities in more than 3000 U.S. colleges. The academy is run by Oliver Seidenberg, who has many years of experience training top quality junior players, as well as professionals.
Patrick Hanauer (Athletes USA Germany Director) mentions “ We are very excited to work with this great academy that has such a tremendous reputation in German tennis. Having Oliver Seidenberg join our team, will be a huge benefit to our program and we are proud to have his expertise as an additional asset to our company. In Germany, it is very often a question of either or, having to choose between studies or a professional career. We will be able to give those young tennis players the option of combining both, as they will still have the opportunity to pursue a professional career after concluding their bachelor degree in the US. We are excited to offer those young players this additional option.”
Oliver Seidenberg (Owner and Head Coach of the OS-Tennisacademy) added “The OS-Tennisacademy is proud to be working with Athletes-USA. Athletes-USA is a highly professional company, offering an excellent way for tennis players, effectively to make their tennis future and to expand. For this, the OS-Tennisacademy with their Know-How and network will support Athletes-USA. Together we will offer all tennis players an optimal care around their tennis sport and also give them a perfect base for their education. The concept of Athletes-USA convinced me, so I am looking forward with a great pleasure to the cooperation with Athletes USA”
For more information on the partnership please contact firstname.lastname@example.org