Two Major Ways to Cut the Cost of College (Sponsored by NSR)

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Numbers don’t lie when it comes to paying for a college education.

According to the College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, the average annual cost of a private college in America is $35,000. State-supported colleges cost an average of $10,000 per year.

Regardless of which route families chooses, they still face other expenses for books, fees, travel, clothing, entertainment, etc. In short, sending a child to college is expensive.

For athletes, however, there are two major ways to cut down the cost of college: great grades and athletic scholarships.

Prospects with bad grades are usually weeded out. Why? Because they are unattractive to college coaches who rely on academic and need-based awards to help them drop the amount of athletic scholarship dollars they will have to offer a prospect. Coaches always want to make college affordable for families, keeping out-of-pocket expenses at or below what families would otherwise pay to go to an in-state school.

State-supported college coaches don’t have money falling out of their pockets, either. Their budgets are typically very restrictive, too.

When a prospect posts lackluster grades and test scores, it is common for coaches to move on to other athletes who would require a lower hit to the coaches’ budgets. Conversely, good grades produce a different outcome that usually works well for coaches and families.

One of the biggest misconceptions parents and prospects have about college athletics is that all scholarships are full athletic ones. In truth, those are rare.

Except for NCAA Division I requirements that coaches in FBS football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball must award full scholarships, coaches in all other sports in Division I and II, along with NAIA, must work within a budget.

That formula means the more athletes a coach can recruit with very good grades and test scores, the more athletic money he or she can divide among other recruits. That puts under-performing prospects in the classroom at a huge disadvantage.

On the other hand, the higher an athlete’s core-course GPA, the more college doors will open. That’s because while the NCAA and NAIA have basic academic requirements for freshman eligibility, many colleges have much higher admission standards.

When athletes enter ninth grade, their highest priority should be to establish a high core-course GPA. With that accomplished, they have a better chance of attracting the attention of college coaches.

Good grades and athletic scholarship money go hand in hand. When parents and prospects grasp that concept early, their opportunities should be far greater than those of other prospects and families who ignore that basic recruiting premise.

Want to reduce or eliminate the cost of college? National Scouting Report, the world’s oldest and largest college recruiting organization, has received hundreds of requests from college coaches seeking 2017-20 prospects on all levels. More than 95 percent of NSR’s qualified prospects receive scholarship offers. For more information, contact NSR Area Director Gary Silvers, former Executive Sports Editor of the Bucks County Courier Times, at (215) 480-8764 or