Cost of College Financial Aid

How To Cover Tuition Costs Outside of Scholarships

balancing checkbook to pay for college

For high school student-athletes wanting to pursue their dream of playing at the next level, an athletic scholarship is a sacred cow.

However, with limited amounts of athletic scholarships per team, and for some divisions, none at all, it’s important to keep in mind that there are so many other ways to gain tuition money – it’s just going to take some legwork.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered with this primer on how to cover tuition costs.

Make sure you’ve filled out your paperwork.

For the college-bound student-athlete, there are mandatory forms to be filled out in the NCAA Eligibility Center. I repeat – these are mandatory forms to be filled out before you can become a collegiate athlete. Take the time to sit down with a parent or counselor and knock these out.

Now show me the money!

Right? Wrong. At least–not yet.

A good first step is finding out what your family qualifies for when it comes to scholarship and aid. This often takes the work of a parent or guardian, as household income and things of that nature are evaluated. It’s important to note: government aid through the FAFSA program is first come first serve.

Translation? If you’re a senior and you haven’t yet, take the time to submit a FAFSA form ASAP.

Look elsewhere!

Aside from your athletic ability – which, like we mentioned, may be the full or partial way you can fund college – what else are you good at? What makes you unique?

Don’t say nothing. I can hear that negativity, and I won’t stand for it. You’re a beautiful and unique little snowflake.

Take a deep dive into your family background, other extra-curricular activities you enjoy, hurdles you’ve overcome, or even something as simple as the town you grew up in – you never know what kind of scholarship you may qualify for.

(For example, my brother-in-law received a partial scholarship to a private university for being 12% Czechoslovakian and submitting an essay about himself along with the application. …I kid you not.)

Are there going to countless questions surrounding the scholarship and financial aid process? Of course.

Our mission at NCSA Athletic Recruiting is to keep student-athletes and families informed – and this doesn’t just mean when it comes to your ability to play or the athletic side of things. We are committed to making your transition to college as seamless as possible across the board.

And this includes expenses not covered by your sports package. It’s our passion. We’re good at it. But most importantly, we do it because we just want to see you succeed with the lowest amount of stress as possible.

We’ll help you succeed.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.