Over the last several years, we have watched college tuition around the country grow. Student athletes have to consider cost when choosing where to continue their volleyball career. There are two sides to take into account when selecting the…
Over the last several years, we have watched college tuition around the country grow. Student athletes have to consider cost when choosing where to continue their volleyball career. There are two sides to take into account when selecting the college you will attend.
You Get What You Pay for.
This cliché probably holds true for shoes, cars, and other consumable things; but, does it apply to college education and athletics-specifically volleyball? If you are fortunate to be from an affluent family, of course consider the private colleges with yearly rates in the twenty to thirty thousand dollar range. After all, the majority of schools will be in that price range. But make sure you consider the conference. High end tuition does not always translate to competitive volleyball.
Today there are so many opportunities for young volleyball players in the mid-west. Minnesota has great relations with other states that include lower out of state tuition. Consider going across state lines to the WIAC and other strong conferences. Likewise, our community college programs have grown too. Many basketball and football players prepare for higher competition by starting at small, low cost community colleges. Volleyball should be no different.
Be sure to explore the academic programs offered at each institution. Think beyond volleyball. Do the colleges you are interested in have the programs you might want? No, you don’t have to know what you want to do for a career but be aware that colleges do have reputations for their academic programs along with sports programs. If you choose based solely on the team you will be part of, you may end up spending more money to specialize in a particular field once your years of eligibility have expired.
If you are drawn to strong program at a pricey college; remember it is a great investment in your future. Hopefully the coaches recruiting you know how invaluable you are and help you with tuition by offering various scholarships. However, if you are not offered a full-ride to play, don’t worry; there are still many great, affordable options for you. First off, ask lots of questions. If a coach is interested in you, ask them about different scholarship programs they offer beyond athletics. Communicate all of your talents: academics, ACT scores, volunteer experiences, etc. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. It is only natural to compare; sharing your options is not a bad thing.
Lastly, do you research. The time you spend searching for scholarships will pay off. Seek help from your high school guidance counselor, parents, and coaches. The opportunity to get scholarship money is only a click away on the internet waiting for you. If you use the same work ethic that’s helped you on the court to fund your future playing and learning you will succeed.