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Paying for College

Let’s talk about paying for college, there is so much that could be discussed here but I’ll keep it short & simple and give you nearly 50 great colleges to consider, at the end, that have proven they meet whatever the family’s financial need is.

Let’s begin with the FAFSA! As you go through this process this will be one of those abbreviations you will become familiar with. The FAFSA was designed to provide a picture of the family's finances and from the FAFSA, colleges are able to see what is called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is a measure of your family's financial strength which is calculated according to a formula (from the FAFSA) and established by Congress. To take that even further (Because this part if very important to understand) … the financial aid staff (at the college you are applying to) starts by deciding what your cost of attendance (COA) will be at that school. They then consider your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). They subtract your EFC from your COA to determine the amount of your financial need and therefore how much need-based aid you can get.

NOTE: There is a lot more to the EFC number and how it’s used so if you have specific and detailed questions, please just ask me but understand there is a lot more to it but this should get you started.

I’ve found something really cool - below are 50 colleges that have shown they meet 100% of each student’s (who applied and was accepted) need.

What does that mean and how do you get there. You have to be able to get accepted at the college, you have to build a relationship with the coach, admissions and eventually financial aid where they know that you’ll actually attend their institution, if accepted. So this takes time, energy and knowing which school is right for you. So once again, get started early, get on campus, get to know coaches, admissions representatives. This will get people on the inside pulling for you and helping you through the process (assuming they like you). If you just apply and hope … no matter what your grades, difficulty of classes taken or test score, you won’t be maximizing your financial aid muscle.

IMPORTANT - You can’t fake it - some people think that just by showing up, touring, staying in touch and “BS-ing” their way through the process that they’ll be able to maximize their financial aid … NOPE, these are professionals and they can see right through you … also maybe they don’t like you - so just by going through the motions, you are more than likely wasting everyone’s time, including your own and setting your son up to fail! Get help, stay with Fallon Sports through the process and stay involved with the right colleges for you!

Nearly 50 Colleges (with baseball teams) that Meet 100% of Financial Need of Students

We like the sound of "one hundred percent." It just has a nice ring to it, you know?

  • This is a reason why you can not look at the sticker price of a college and assume you can’t afford it. This is a reason why you should NEVER … EVER, disregard NCAA D3 colleges because they do not offer athletic scholarships

  • This is a reason why you should NEVER ... EVER trust anyone saying that D3 is not an option

  • Do not listen to another word that person says regarding this process - walk away!!!

Fallon Sports will visit 31 of the 48 colleges listed below in 2018 - come check it out CLICK HERE

LIST PRODUCED BY THE FACTS (source CollegeXpress)

  1. Amherst College (Amherst, MA) - NCAA D3

  2. Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX) - NAIA

  3. Bates College (Lewiston, ME) - NCAA D3

  4. Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) - NCAA D1

  5. Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) - NCAA D3

  6. Brown University (Providence, RI) - NCAA D1

  7. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) - NCAA D3

  8. Carleton College (Northfield, MN) - NCAA D3

  9. Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA) - NCAA D3

  10. Colby College (Waterville, ME) - NCAA D3

  11. College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) - NCAA D1

  12. Columbia University (New York, NY) - NCAA D1

  13. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) - NCAA D1

  14. Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) - NCAA D1

  15. Davidson College (Davidson, NC) - NCAA D1

  16. Georgetown University (Washington, DC) - NCAA D1

  17. Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) - NCAA D3

  18. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) - NCAA D1

  19. Haverford College (Haverford, PA) - NCAA D3

  20. Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) - NCAA D3

  21. Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) - NCAA D3

  22. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) - NCAA D3

  23. Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) - NCAA D3

  24. Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) - NCAA D1

  25. Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) - NCAA D3

  26. Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA) - NCAA D3

  27. Pomona - Pitzer Colleges (Claremont, CA) - NCAA D3

  28. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) - NCAA D1

  29. Rice University (Houston, TX) - NCAA D1

  30. Stanford University (Stanford, CA) - NCAA D1

  31. Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) - NCAA D3

  32. The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) - NCAA D3

  33. Trinity College (Hartford, CT) - NCAA D3

  34. Tufts University (Medford, MA) - NCAA D3

  35. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) - NCAA D1

  36. University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) - NCAA D1

  37. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) - NCAA D1

  38. University of Richmond (University of Richmond, VA) - NCAA D1

  39. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) - NCAA D1

  40. University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) - NCAA D1

  41. Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) - NCAA D1

  42. Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) - NCAA D3

  43. Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC) - NCAA D1

  44. Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) - NCAA D3

  45. Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA) - NCAA D3

  46. Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) - NCAA D3

  47. Williams College (Williamstown, MA) - NCAA D3

  48. Yale University (New Haven, CT) - NCAA D1

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