Class of 2017: The FAFSA is changing!

Financial-Aid

If you are in the graduating class of 2017, this is for you and your family!

You’re probably already aware of that lovely acronym: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Every student who will be receiving any sort of aid (including an athletic scholarship!) must fill out the FAFSA.

In the past, seniors in high school were not able to submit their official FAFSA until January of their senior year — well past the time when many students had already given verbal commitments to schools or received early acceptance. There were preliminary FAFSA forms that could be completed, but families couldn’t submit the official FAFSA until January.

Well, times they are a changin’!

Starting with the class of 2017 (and anyone in college who will be submitting the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year), the FAFSA can be submitted on OCTOBER 1st, 2016.  You will use your 2015 tax returns to complete the FAFSA.

FinAidMortarYou’ve probably already recognized a few major benefits:

  • If you’ve gotten early acceptance to a school, the school will be able to calculate your exact aid package for you a lot earlier.
  • Come January 2017, you won’t have to RUSH RUSH RUSH to finish your 2016 federal tax return so that you can quickly get your FAFSA submitted.

Unlike loans, many grants and scholarships that colleges offer to students are first-come-first served, so getting the FAFSA submitted as early as possible is very important.

The downfall to this FAFSA change is that your recruiting timeline just got compressed even more. You may have already been planning on filling out the FAFSA and perhaps have even completed a preliminary FAFSA.  You were going to have to finish the FAFSA anyway, but now it’s coming a lot sooner.

The financial aid rockstars at All Star Financial Aid are having a FREE webinar on Monday Mar 28th at 6pm Pacific Time. You can sign up HERE. If you want more information about the FAFSA, financial aid, and how this specifically affects athletic recruits, SIGN UP and attend the free webinar. There will be a LOT of valuable information, with no obligation to sign up for any additional services.

 

Recruiting Guides for Student Athletes

attacklogojpgCLICK HERE for the RSF Attack Soccer College Recruiting Guide (plain text pdf).

4354CLICK HERE for the NCAA Eligibility Center 2015-2016 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. You can purchase a pack of 25, or you can download the free pdf.

Rock the tests! (aka: “grades matter!”)

201504_2255_dcgdd_smYou hear it all the time.

You’re probably sick of it.

Too bad.

GRADES MATTER!
GRADES MATTER!
GRADES MATTER!

Know what else matters?

TEST SCORES. Continue reading

How to make a highlight video in iMovie on a Mac

UnknownYou’ve got lots of game films on your computer. There are plenty of great plays to make a stellar highlight video.  Where do you start?

HERE!

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Does this college make my butt look big?

UnknownYou have to figure out if a soccer program comes close to being a fit for YOU athletically.

You also have to figure out if a college is a good fit for you academically, but for this article we’ll focus on athletics.

HOW do you figure out if you’re a good fit for a specific college’s soccer team!?

Glad you asked!

 

Here are steps to follow when you’re considering a specific college’s soccer program:

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Get Organized!

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Whether you’re deep into your recruiting journey, or just getting started, STAYING ORGANIZED will be a huge help.

There are hundreds and hundreds of college options out there.

How do you remember which schools’ questionnaires you’ve submitted?

Did you email that coach already?

Or was it that other school with the same colors?

Here is a simple way to stay organized:

Create a simple spreadsheet.  Even better: make it cloud-based, like with Google Docs, so you can access it anywhere.  Make columns for information like the college name, city, how much you like it, coaches’ names, when you emailed and called them.

Here is a sample google docs spreadsheet you can use to create your own:

CLICK THIS LINK.

Do you like to use Excel?  Here is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet you can use to start your own organizer:

Sample Recruiting Organizer

Rock on!