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.
What To Avoid When Meeting A College Coach
As we’ve previously mentioned coaches are not only looking for athletes with talent, when recruiting they take into consideration many other factor and during a meeting there are many things that they will look for that could ruin your interview.
First and foremost, don’t get down if things aren’t perfect and don’t go as planned, it is expected that you will be nervous and coaches know that. However, there are a few things you should avoid if you want to make a good impression.
Qualities Coaches Look for in Recruits
When recruiting, coaches look for athletes that will fit into their teams, usually filling their weaknesses. As a result, not all coaches are looking for the same type of athlete and will look for different particular characteristics that may be decisive in the recruiting process.
Here are some of those things:
Differences Between NCAA Divisions I, II and III
“The NCAA’s three divisions were created in 1973 to align like-minded campuses in the areas of philosophy, competition and opportunity” – NCAA
The NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, regulates the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. The purpose of creating different divisions is to create an even playing field for college teams, giving teams with fewer resources a chance to compete in championships. However, the higher the division the more publicity and prestige it gets.
We compiled a list of differences between each division, so you can see which one suits your goals and abilities the most:
How to Manage Stress During Exams
The semester is coming to an end and for a student that only means one thing: FINAL EXAMS.
But that’s not the end of it, you still have practice, games and, on top of that, you may still have some papers due. It can get very stressful, but don’t panic you will survive. With a little preparation and some understanding of what’s to come these next few weeks you will be able to manage the stress.
First you have to realize stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you are able to control it, things like the pressure of a deadline will push you to get things done. However, you should plan ahead so you don’t sacrifice the quality of your work due to lack of time. So here are some tips to plan ahead:
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:
3 Reasons you won’t be Recruited
Many recruits make the mistake of thinking they only have to be good athletes to get recruited. In reality being a good athlete may not be enough to be recruited. Many scouts not only look for talent on the field, but behavior off the field and in the classroom.
5 Things to do your First Year on Campus
Freshman year, your first real taste of freedom, learning, and being an adult. It’s the year that defines the rest of your college experience whether it be academically or socially now is the time to get things done so here’s some advice for your first year: