College Football Recruiting Model Updates
By: Eva Melton
Effective August 1st 2017, prospective athletes will encounter a new recruiting model when applying for college football scholarships. The new recruiting model aims to promote a smoother flow within the recruiting process for athletes and coaches.
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.
Recruiting is by far one of the most competitive aspects in college athletics for all divisions. A quality recruiting class can be the difference in a program’s success and failure.
In all sports, young athletes grow up idolising their heroes, hoping one day they will be able to reach the same heights.
But becoming a pro means taking your chance, the same chance that Woods, Nicklaus, Spieth and 65% of all PGA Tour players take: the US college system.
We are offering six young golfers the chance to win full scholarships to colleges in the US to help them start achieving their dream.
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!