Dear Football Mom,
We are at a crossroads. Our son has a choice to make and we’re not sure how to help or guide him in making this decision. He has two trips lined up with two different D-IAA colleges. Both have offered him partial scholarships. One is in our state, the other is a few states away. What questions do you suggest we ask on these trips to help with his choice?
Right off, I’d ask how much the total yearly tuition is, including books, food, room and board. Get that total number first before you ask, “what part of that total are they offering to pay with the scholarship offer.” Very rarely do D-IAA programs offer full rides. Which brings me to another question for your family: Are you willing to pay out-of-state tuition to the college a few states away? Is it worth it? And remember, if you want to see him play you will also need travel funds. Will it put a burden on your household budget once you’ve weighed the pros and cons? The out of state tuition may or may not be factored in, but it’s something to double- check. Nothing wrong with doing a little financial negotiating, yourself.
I get it — your son wishes to change it up and possibly attend another college outside your state. It may be a great experience for him, and I commend him for the challenge to go to the unfamiliar. But going out of state may come with a little too much sugar for a dime for y’all. Either way, once you visit, your son will decide which one feels like a fit.
I always suggest choosing the program that has been steadily perusing him. If coaches (especially position coaches) already know where and how they’ll plug him in, that’s a good thing. A plus for the visit too, is if the program spreads on a little extra jam throughout the weekend making sure their hospitality game goes off without a hitch. You’ll know how badly they want him by the end of the visit and whether or not one college is a better fit than the other.
How exciting. Enjoy your weekends.
Originally Posted in the Forsyth County News