Parents really need to start working on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or "FAFSA" now if you want your 2018 grad to get financial aid beyond athletic money.  If you hope to qualify for academic aid, diversity based aid, geographic diversity based aid, work study, loans, need-based grants, merit awards, and so on, be sure to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible and have it sent to the appropriate colleges.  Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you can go back in and make all of your changes up until March 2nd.  So I suggest parents do their FAFSA now, and then re-submit it before March 2nd if necessary.  Also, you might want to check with the colleges you're applying to or attending to see if they have any additional financial aid requirements beyond the FAFSA. (Canadian students need to consult the financial aid office at any colleges recruiting you because you don't apply for aid using the FAFSA.)

Here's a link to the FAFSA web page where all your questions will be answered!

Be aware that financial aid at some colleges is distributed on a first come, first served basis.  And your athlete probably won't get a specific financial aid offer (separate from athletic or softball-based aid) until she's applied and been accepted.  So have her complete her application to schools she's considering at the same time you're working on the FAFSA. The sooner all the paperwork is submitted, the sooner you're likely to know if a college will be financial fit for your player as well as an athletic and academic one!


Having your child participate in sports such as softball can be trying, demanding, time-consuming
and expensive! But while you’re worrying about how you’ll pay next summer’s travel ball expenses or fretting because some other parent's player is being recruited by a certain college team and your player is not, please take a minute to step outside yourself. Here are just a few things to be thankful for as 2017 winds down.

*  Be glad your daughter is healthy enough to play sports. 
*  Be glad she understands the importance of a college education and that she works hard to keep her grades up.
*  Express your thanks to all the people who have helped her get where she is today-coaches, teachers, mentors, friends…
   (And while you're at it, thank yourselves as well!)

When you’re considering New Year’s resolutions at the end of the year, consider rearranging your priorities.  Put her health, welfare and happiness-both short and long term-at the top of your list. Put getting a college education ahead of finding a big name team to recruit her. Look down the road and consider what a positive college experience and a university degree will mean to her when she’s 25 or 35 or 45!  (It wouldn’t hurt you to think about what it might mean to you in the event you need your child to support you in your old age!)

Here’s another good New Year’s resolution…develop a softball budget…and stick to it!  For example, weigh the cost of two tournament tee shirts against the price of my book.  (I promise that you need my book, but do you
really need another tee shirt?)  Pack a healthy lunch instead of buying reheated, high fat concession stand hot dogs.  At a tournament, stay at a lower priced hotel even if it means you can’t sit by the pool with other parents rehashing every pitch and swing and play of the day.  Only buy the equipment your player really needs. Don’t buy that $350 bat just because it’s pretty or because you believe it will make your player a hitter.  Put that money away for visits to colleges.  Spend wisely, and it will pay off down the road. Finally, resolve to put your creative energy into a well-run college search, and that will pay off too!  If you think you might benefit from my expertise...give me a call!

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