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There are limited athletic scholarships in Men's & Women's College Soccer. A fully funded Division 1 Men's Program has 9.9 scholarships available. A fully funded Women's program has 14 scholarships available. When you consider the average roster size of a college program is around 28 players, you realize that there isn't enough scholarship money to cover an entire team. Coaches are also allowed to split the money up, offering varying levels of athletic scholarship dollars to various members of the program, but competition for these dollars is very stiff. The following link provides useful soccer specific athletic scholarship information and stats for schools at each level of competition.

Academic scholarships are more plentiful, and provide another reason for students to focus heavily on the books. If a student's GPA and/or test scores are in good place, they may qualify for an academic scholarship. Depending on the school, it may be possible for the coach to combine this academic scholarship money with other forms of aid (athletic, need-based, etc). Furthermore coaches know that student-athletes with good grades are likely to continue that strong academic performance in college.

Need based financial aid may also be available for families, as well certain types of grants & loans. Families should become familiar with various schools Net Price Calculator in order to get a sense for what the cost of that school might look like for the family. Federal Aid is determined by the FAFSA form, which families can fill out in the fall of a student's senior year. The following links provide some helpful information families seeking more information on paying for college and available scholarships.

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