Most student athletes do not have the right people helping them with their college search or the college planning process. The “blue chip” athlete is usually bombarded with all kinds of information and pressure from schools long before the student is even thinking about college. Other high school athletes may need to do a little more to gain the attention of interested coaches. Most student athletes work with a high school coach, athletic service, or parent who often wants to see them get into “any school” where they can receive an athletic scholarship.
For financial reasons, this might be one solution for high school athletes to get a college education. However, there are better ways. It is possible to help high school athletes find schools where they can not only pursue their athletics, but have their academic and social needs met as well. Many families with student athletes are meeting with educational consultants who guide them through the college search, application process, and athletic recruitment. In the end, they are very pleased with their college choices, especially since many had expected to only have schools that were athletic options without the academic quality. Most are also receiving financial aid and scholarships.
Few high school athletes will be going on to play their sport professionally so it is important that they have the education that will enable them to be successful without their athletics. They need to be prepared to talk with coaches about what the expectations are and ask the right questions to determine whether a program is right for them or not. They need assistance with their college search and choosing schools that are a good fit for them.
High school athletes need all of the information that other students require and more. They should be advised by someone who can be objective and provide them with answers to their questions. They need to be realistic about their athletic abilities and which schools would provide the best fit. Only then will they have the information they need to make the best college decisions, both athletically and academically.
High school athletes and their families are turning to educational consultants who have the experience to help them with their college search and athletic scholarships. A good source for finding a qualified individual is http://www.hecaonline.org. Here you will find a list of educational consultants in your state who have the expertise and experience to assist your high school athlete.
High school athletes need to understand the differences between Division I, II, and III schools and what they can and cannot offer. Although scholarships are only offered at division I and II schools, many division III schools are able to provide financial aid to make their college more affordable. Some Division III schools are as competitive as division I, but again the right fit is what is important.
High school athletes need to consider injuries or other reasons why they might not continue playing their sport in college. That is why it is especially important for the college decision to be a good match. If athletics are no longer an option, the high school athlete should feel that their school is still a good fit and want to continue there as a student.
The right educational consultant can guide your high school athletes through the college search and admissions process, bring them to the attention of interested coaches, and assist them with securing scholarships and financial aid.