Financial Aid Resources

  • 27 Oct, 2015

As the cost of attending college increases almost every year, student-athletes and parents are always on the lookout to save money. I’ve outlined five basic financial aid resources to help you get started. Those are helpful sites used to gain information about financial aid. The journey to college is short and the preparation can be frustrating. As coaches and parents it’s our job to support our athletes with the research and help them make the best future decisions possible. Players should always be proactive with the college recruiting process and never expect anyone to do the work for them. We are just facilitators trying to offer our help and support.

Going to college is not a 4 year plan, it’s a lifetime decision. Without a scholarship or financial aid package, college tuition can be truly expensive. But what’s even more depressing is when student-athletes will eventually graduate and be faced to pay off their college loans. The earlier and more we save for college the more handy it will come. Regardless of you savings or financial situation, I encourage everyone to check out the sites and take full advantages of what they have to offer. In the long run, they can pay off more than expected.

1. U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid

The FSA programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing nearly 70% of all student financial aid.

2. FinAid

FinAid.org was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.

3. FastWeb.com

FastWeb.com is the Internet’s leading scholarship search service. FastWeb.com lets students create a personalized profile that can be matched against expansive databases of colleges and scholarships. The oldest and most popular free online scholarship service.

4. College Board’s Scholarship Search

Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.

5. Scholarships.com

Since its founding in 1998, Scholarships.com has helped students find money for college as well as learn about the entire financial aid process.

If you know of any other helpful financial aid resources please share them in the comment below. The goal is to help student-athletes and their parents familiarize themselves with the financial aid process and resources.

Author @Nicolae Popescu

Nicolae Popescu is a former NCAA D1 full-scholarship student-athlete and the Founder of WeGotPlayers. He has experienced first-hand the complex college recruiting process himself. Nicolae' s knowledge, skills and sports expertise make him a valuable contributor in helping guide players and parents to find the right school fit. He is passionate about coaching, mentoring and positively influencing players succeed in their sports journey and life thru the power of education and technology.
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