- Check with and monitor your selected schools deadlines and requirements for consideration
- Apply well in advance of collegiate and other organizational deadlines
- Research and visit 1000s of sites online and speak with you local High School Guidance Counselor for their insights and recommendations
- Set up a meeting with your counselor at least as early as the end of your sophomore year in High School
- Hire an agency to assist you with your search, but beware of wolves in sheep clothing. Are they to be paid before or after your receive an offer? Even we charge you for such Premium Services, but the difference is that you pay us after your goal is met.
- So be fair because they too are spending their hard fought for time which translates to money and efforts to assist you and remember the goal is to pay for results and also all parties should be mutually respectful; fair; open and truthful about expectations and outcomes during the process.
- Check for your selected School’s Deadlines and speak with the Coach, but be prepared to immediately forward your player profile; video and other requested academic and financial information.
- All students, by or at the end of their sophomore year, should be prepared to forward such information before and should actually forward their information before or as they are in the process of speaking with their new prospective coach.
- Coaches despise chasing down players for information. Player procrastination and inaction and indecisiveness collectively are the largest waste or drains on the financial resources and time of the College Coaching Staff. This literally does hurt the team and in the end the entire program and university could be impacted.
- Other players are at times could be making their selection decisions based upon your decision and the Coach is even impacted in their ability to recruit if they can’t trust you to take action then how do they know their true team needs by position. Be respectful and honest and in the end you just may be well rewarded.
- In fact, we do teach and recommend that our clients forward all of their recruiting and admissions information then make the calls to the Recruiting Staff and Coaches. Such efforts are even at times the reason why an offer is made fast; early on or with max funding and financial consideration.
Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program
- Take Stock in Children and your State Investment Plans are great ways to supplement the funding of or to fund your child’s education
- Take Stock in Children is a comprehensive program that helps low-income children succeed by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors; student advocates/case managers, tutoring, early intervention and long-term support, high standards, parental involvement, and community support.
- Each child selected for the TSIC program receives a four-year college tuition or vocational scholarship purchased by the Florida Prepaid Tuition Program.
- This scholarship is in the form of a 2+2 scholarship, which entitles the student to two years of tuition at a community college and two years at a university.
- The student will receive his/her scholarship if he/she has fulfilled the terms of the contract he/she signed when enrolling in the program and when he/she has graduated from high school.
- Program information is available on the Take Stock in Children (TSIC) website. To be eligible for participation in the TSIC program, students must be in the sixth through ninth grades and demonstrate financial need … sign up for full scholarship deadline information.
Step Up For Students
Step Up For Students empowers parents to pursue and engage in the most appropriate learning options for their children, with an emphasis on families who lack the financial resources to access these options. By pursuing this mission, Step Up For Students helps public education to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity.Step Up For Students is a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization which helps administer four (4) scholarships for Florida schoolchildren:
- The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) for lower-income families
- The Gardiner Scholarship for children with certain special needs
- The Hope Scholarship for public school students who are bullied or victims of violence
- The Reading Scholarship Accounts for public school students in third through fifth grade who struggle with reading.
Public education is rooted in the promise of equal educational opportunity, and nowhere is that covenant more relevant than in the lives of struggling or disadvantaged children.These scholarships strengthen public education by offering options to struggling schoolchildren. We consider Step Up For Students a partner of public schools in giving all students the tools toward success. We do this by empowering parents through the scholarship programs so that they might have an equal opportunity to discover educational options that work best for their children.
Pell Grants (FAFSA)
- Open your FAFSA account online at the beginning of your Senior Year or just before/after your graduation and wait until the Federal Grant Application Open Period is announced that Fall.
- The bottom line is that no matter when you open your FAFSA Account or attempt to apply, you still cannot finalize the application process until your (If you are legally living on your own) or your parent’s Federal Income Taxes are filed as you will need information from your or their Federal Income Taxes. Specifically Line #32
- Pell Grants in general are Grants and are not considered to be loans so in that case you don’t have to pay them back and Pell Grants are now available year round including Summer Terms, thus allows you to graduate from college much faster
- Pell Grants can be used to pay for Tuition and Fees; Books; Supplies; Transportation and Living Expenses and 5th year teacher certification programs
- Not all schools participate in the Pell Grant Program and Eligibility is determined by family income of $50k or less and the max awards are given to students with family incomes of $20k and less, so check with your school
- We usually recommend such programs as a last resort to cover remaining college costs.
- We take this approach simply because we want our student athletes to enjoy the total college experience while focusing on Academics and Sports Training and Preparation.
- In fact, we even counsel parents and students to not even allow their students to drive during their first 2-3 years of college.
- Our Motto: Ride with your friends and contribute to the cause!
College Student Loans
Let’s not even talk about loans, because if you do the work, every student can go to a college and not be House Poor or graduate in debt and in tears or even bankrupt. We will guide you through the process and make sure to the best of our abilities that you receive as close to a full ride as possible as long as you do your part.
Here is our official position, if you are our client and you have to take a student loan, we have absolutely filed you, unless you decided to go against our recommendations, which happens every once and a while.
We take this approach simply because we want our student athletes to enjoy the total college experience while focusing on Academics and Sports Training and Preparation.
In fact, we even counsel parents to not even students to drive during their first 2-3 years of college.
Ride with your friends and contribute to the cause!
College Readiness Rating Metrics:
Our College Campus Online Resource Center Resource Centers and their state of the art Tracking Application will track and assist the Student Athlete with management of their College Admissions and Recruiting Tasks. The Results of the Prospective Student Athlete’s (PSA’s) ability and drive to complete the tasks are then manually or computer generated and scored in order to give all parties involved in the PSA’s Admissions and Recruiting process, an update as to the recruit’s status, potential struggles and pitfalls and overall progress. The results are measured, monitored and tracked in real time as the College Readiness Rating.
The Results of each Center’s College Readiness Rating are then analyzed and the results are graphically displayed. The College Readiness Rating Analysis will be filled with critical task comments that are significant in that they identify trends and deficiencies in the Admissions and Recruiting Process. The College Campus Online College Readiness Rating Analysis may even compare PSA results against the performance and Readiness Ratings of all other recruits with similar Graduation Year and/or other demographics. The results of this significant and important analysis is made available to and used by:
Club and High School Coaches:
Will use the results of the College Campus Online College Readiness Rating Analysis to guide potential PSAs as to their needs for compliance and this can occur as early as Middle School through High School and College. They can also use the results to quickly determine PSA availability as their Admissions, Recruiting, Financial; Testing, and Eligibility deadlines approach and they are at times desperately looking for a “Good Fit” or a PSA to round out recruiting for Roster Spots and even for faster Scholarship Award purposes. This tool can drastically cut down marketing costs and speed the College Admissions Acceptance; Team Selection and Financial Award/Scholarship process as financial resources are being fought over my 1,000s of PSAs and are valued dwindling resources. So this means that timely completion of these takes before the beginning of your senior year and even especially before you contact any Coach is and can be a potential Game Changer or life changing event.
Parents can also view this information, unless the student is over the age of 18 and blocks the parent from viewing their secure administrative files and records. Parents will be prompted via email and Text Messaging and even their phones as to the overall status and standing of their children. This makes sure that the major players in the Admissions and Recruiting game are all kept well informed and up to date. This then eliminates panic and last minute stress while allowing for a total team cohesive effort.
High School Guidance Counselors and Coaches:
Students and parents can give High School Administrators access to their information and progress tracking. School Districts may also have unrestricted access to such information when the student is signed up under their school account. Counselors are part of the process as they are valuable and at times the most valued resource and ally that the student can have. They should be a part of our system as a valuable tool in the “Checks and Balances” efforts of the total team. They many times will also take the lead and call for impromptu Counseling Sessions; scheduled interventions and meetings on behalf of all parties involved.
Once given a secure access pin, selected Trained Licensed and Certified Counselor can access PSA files in order to provide critical counseling and mentoring services when requested by The PSA, School Administrators, Coaches and Parents
Our six (6) College Campus Online Resource Centers and their state of the art Test Tracking Application will track and assist the Student Athlete with management of the following critical items. Our College Campus Online Standardized Testing Resource Center (2) and its state of the art Test Tracking Application (260 Points) will track and assist the Student Athlete with management of the following critical items.
Additional Points (Links) of Interest
U.S. Department of Education Grants Homepage
University Grants: This site is provided for content/informational purposes only
Endowment Funds – Be sure the check out the amount of your University’s Endowment Fund as the absence of one could be a sign of looming or potential financial issues or trouble
Our Promise To You! Our Financial Aid Center Team will personally track and assist the Potential Student Athlete (PSA) with management of Critical Financial Aid Standards and Tasks (1250 Points) that are needed in order to attain Scholarship and Grant awards and success. We will also make sure that you are updated and armed with the knowledge and/or tools to needed to meet or have met the following Critical Financial Aid Standards and Tasks We will be there to assist and help you every step of the way through-out your Collegiate Application and Recruiting Process in order to remove stress from your lives and place your High School Years on “Cruise Control!”