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College athletic recruiting and financial aid is nothing more than a buy-sell relationship.

A NCAA DII Men’s Soccer coach has a total of four scholarships to work with and carries a roster of twenty-four players (The NCAA maximum number of allowed scholarships for DII men’s soccer is nine, but many schools will not have the full amount). The coach can break up those four scholarships any way he wishes. That means he can give out four full scholarships and then fill his team with all walk-ons. Or he can give out eight half scholarships or sixteen quarter scholarships. Most likely it will be a combination of all of those. Maybe a rare star athlete will close to a full-ride. There may be a few kids near 50%. Maybe a good player has a great academic package and has just a 10% soccer scholarship. But the average soccer scholarship for twenty-four athletes is just 17% of the total cost of college!
In an average recruiting class the coach needs to bring in nine players (an average of six per class, but there are often injuries and defections to deal with), but has only an equivalent of one and half full scholarships to divide between them.
Let’s say the coaching staff has evaluated you and thinks you can help his team. You won’t be an impact star, but they do feel you will be a valuable member of the team. How much do they want to give you? 75%, 50%, 25%? Wrong. They want to give you 0% or as close to it as possible. If they give you a 50% scholarship then they still need to find 8 players and now they are down to just 1 total scholarship. If you get nothing, they get a good player and still have the full 1.5 left just in case that star player falls into their lap next month.

How much do you want? Probably 100%, or close to it.

This is the buy-sell relationship.

It’s no different than buying a car. You don’t go to one car dealership and tell them you are definitely buying a car from them today, do you? No, you check the market, check out a few dealerships, collect offers, and wheel and deal until you like the offer.





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