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How are scholarships typically sliced and divided?

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I have a 2021 dd. We are putting together a list of schools she would like to attend. Can someone tell me how scholarships are divided and sliced? For instance, is it usually a percentage of is it a dollar amount? If percentages, is it for the COA?
 
Feb 16, 2015
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I have a 2021 dd. We are putting together a list of schools she would like to attend. Can someone tell me how scholarships are divided and sliced? For instance, is it usually a percentage of is it a dollar amount? If percentages, is it for the COA?
I may not be the best person to answer this but ideally you want an offer that is percentage based and not a dollar amount. With percentage base if tuition rises so does the scholarship amount. I would think that the second question is something that you would need clarification for from the coach. For instance let’s say your DD gets an offer for 50% you would need to clarify 50% of what? Is it total cost of attendance room & board, meal plan, books & tuition? Is it 50% of tuition cost only etc.... You get the point. I would think the coach would state everything the offer covers but I am sure that some coaches have turned this around come signing day, stating I never said everything the offer actually covered. Anyway I am sure more qualified individuals will answer your questions and welcome to the forum!!


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Dec 5, 2012
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I went through this a few years back... Each school is different based on their needs, total money, and remaining money based on commitments. My DD was offered 20% off tuition only. We were still responsible for meal plan, books, and dorm fees. However, a lot of this will be determined by the class of play D1/D2, D3, NAIA, JUCO etc... they each have different rules and funding available. JUCO while only being a 2 year plan, it is absolutely the best bargain. They've typically got enough money to cover nearly all of her expenses (assuming she's a stud and the team needs her) Then transfer to another school as a Junior. If DD was a stud at the JUCO, a larger school may want her bad enough to cover her last couple years.
 
Oct 19, 2009
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beyond the fences
Before jumping into amount of athletic scholarship, plug into the 'net price calculator' found on the admissions/Financial
aid page of most colleges. This takes only a few minutes based on your family income, etc. It is a useful tool in narrowing
school selections before athletics kicks in. It has been my experience, that great academics and test scores are at least as
important as SB skills. Remember, collegiate softball is part of the taxi ride to a career. Softball is not a career choice!
 

WARRIORMIKE

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Oct 5, 2009
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At the Jewel in San Diego
Remember, Grades, grades, grades. If you want the most money from a school, grades first, softball second. NAIAs are giving money out big time. IF your dd makes a D1 or D2 know that they will want softball first, school second. Just something to think about. Right now you have time. Get a video done for your dd and send it out. Then go to camps too.
 
Nov 18, 2013
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I can only speak for DD’s school, but I others are similar. When four year scholarships and COA were introduced athletic scholarships changed from annual percentage to guaranteed four year fixed amounts. 50% of tuition and fees year one might be 15k all four years. When tuition and fees rise to 34k, the kid will still get 15k a year. So in effect, losing scholarship money every year. In head count sports all the kids receive COA dollars. Equivalency sports are at the coaches discretion. One kid might get the same amount as the head count sports, another might get nothing, a kid on a lower, or no scholarship might receive a little extra.

Reading the NLI carefully to see how your school allocates its scholarships is sound advice. Unfortunately even that might not be enough. Schools might place a new NLI in with the kid’s orientation materials and have them sign it along with all the rest of their paperwork. The kid just lost thousands of dollars and never saw it coming. If you’re lucky she’ll have an ethical coach who will increase their scholarships to make up for everything. However, while initial scholarships are guaranteed, any additional money a coach gives is year to year. If they leave she’s back to the amount awarded as a freshman. Again, thank god for ethical coaches because the compliance and financial aid offices will do everything in their power to screw your kid over.
 
Nov 18, 2013
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Remember, Grades, grades, grades. If you want the most money from a school, grades first, softball second. NAIAs are giving money out big time. IF your dd makes a D1 or D2 know that they will want softball first, school second. Just something to think about. Right now you have time. Get a video done for your dd and send it out. Then go to camps too.
No, no, no and no. Academics still come first at D1 and D2. Plenty of D1 and D2 coaches have high expectations both on and off the field. Another fallacy is softball coaches not allowing certain majors. If it’s happening at all, it’s not widespread
 

WARRIORMIKE

Pro-Staff Everything
Oct 5, 2009
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At the Jewel in San Diego
No, no, no and no. Academics still come first at D1 and D2. Plenty of D1 and D2 coaches have high expectations both on and off the field. Another fallacy is softball coaches not allowing certain majors. If it’s happening at all, it’s not widespread
maybe I'm just hearing rumors then....
 
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I don't know about softball as my girl is still in 8th grade. My son's all played or play d1 baseball. Baseball has a larger roster than softball and fewer scholarships than softball. Each of my sons were given partial scholarahips that were onlybpartial for tuition and books. Their dorms, training table/meal plans, player packs....pretty much everything else was covered fully by the schools and most of the tuition and books cost that wasn't covered by the athletic scholarships was covered by grants and academic scholarships as all of them had GPA's over 4 in HS.
 

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