The FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2021-22 academic year becomes available on October 1st
Should I fill out the FAFSA?
Yes! Here’s why. Whether you believe you won’t qualify based on family income or because your athlete is being offered a substantial athletic scholarship, you should know that some coaches and athletic departments require that the FAFSA be completed by all student-athletes.
That’s because those coaches and athletic departments are trying to stretch their scholarship allotments for each sport as far as possible.
Having their athletes qualify for other types of scholarships and aid assistance that might be available is a way for them to do this. That’s true in any year, but even more true now with loss of revenue and fewer donations from alumni at many colleges and universities.
Furthermore, to maximize their financial aid “reach” some colleges have policies that prohibit ALL students (not just athletes) from accepting more than one scholarship or grant so that more students can receive financial assistance.
When your athlete’s recruitment is becoming “serious” with a coach, be sure to ask about campus scholarship policies during a recruiting call or when you’re on a campus visit.
Note also that some states award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis so the earlier you apply the better your chances might be to receive some aid.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Issues Can Be Confusing!
For more information on scholarships and financial aid agreements, visit our website: https://informedathlete.com/how-we-help/scholarship-strategies/
If you have questions about your athlete’s specific situation, we provide confidential phone consultations to answer questions and discuss options. Schedule a confidential Scholarship Strategies consult online, or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-766-1235.