2016 has ended with its ups and downs and now we enter a new year that brings with it the traditional New Year resolutions.
This traditional list of resolutions may come with a bad connotation because by the end of the year many of us have forgotten about them and neglected our goals. However, the beginning of a new year is always a good time to reflect on the past and make a list of things that we’d like to change or achieve.
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.
Merry Christmas From All of us Here at Athletes USA!
We are happy to have welcomed so many athletes to our family this year.
We have been growing and now we are bigger and better, and continue to be inspired by all those amazing athletes that want to follow their dreams by studying in the US.
We hope you all have a lovely time wherever you are in the world and may you holidays be truly wonderful, magical and filled with joy!
– The Athletes USA Team
(from right to left) Christopher Vidal Founder, Tiffany Vidal Marketing Team, Jose Armas Scout Team, David Rueda CEO, Oscar Gonzalez Albo COO, Matias Aristegui Scout Team, Linnea Lindmark Team Director, Herbert Biste Team Director, Ben Deets Placement Team Director, Chet Walters Scout Team, and all our scouts around the world!
5 Ways to Run Safely at Night
You’ve spent this last past year working hard and some holidays are not going to get in the way. Therefore, to stay fit, you are going to want to train and for many people that includes running. However, because now days are shorter and nights are longer there is a very big possibility that you will have to run in the dark, so make sure you stay safe and that you are really careful.
Ideally choose to run in well-lit areas, but if for some reason that isn’t possible we want to give you 5 safety precautions you should take:
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:
NCAA DI Soccer National Championship 2016
The NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer national championship was being disputed last Sunday at the BBVA Compass Stadium during a scoreless game that ended up going into penalties. However, by the end of the match, the Stanford Cardinals won their second consecutive national title.
In the 71st minute, Drew Skundrich, playing for Stanford, took a shot, but Wake Forest’s goalkeeper Andreu Cases Mundet made a save when he caught the ball, laying on his back keeping it from crossing the line. Stanford celebrated a goal and Wake Forest celebrated a save. However, NCAA rules allow a review, which resulted in no goal.
By the end of the game, the scores remained 0-0 and the game went into penalty kicks. By the 5th penalty, Hayden Partain, from Wake Forest, shot low to the right corner, but Stanford’s goalkeeper Andrew Epstein made a game-saving block sending the teams into a sudden death shootout. Sam Werner scored giving the Cardinals the lead, while the Wake Forest team needed a goal to stay alive. However, Epstein had a different plan and when Brad Dunwell attempted to score, he dove to his right to make a save, winning the cup for his team, becoming the first team since Wisconsin in 1995 to win a national championship without a goal against.
Andrew Epstein is a redshirt junior and is the fifth goalkeeper in NCAA history to have a 0.00 goals-against average in a season. His career goals-against average is 0.34 and the NCAA record is 0.39.
It isn’t the first time Coach Jeremy Gunn leads a team to the national championship, he guided Charlotte to the 2011 College Cup.
The Importance of Making a Good Recruiting Profile
Most recruiting processes begin online through recruiting services, so your profile is the first impression you make with the coaches. A good online profile allows coaches to find and evaluate prospective athletes quickly and efficiently.
Here are 5 things you should consider when writing yours:
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: