College Planning





We estimate over 60% of students over-pay for college.  Families often accept financial aid packages that are packed full of loans, believing that is the only way they can afford college.  But it doesn't have to be that way! We want families to make the best education decisions possible, which means having their eyes open to the facts based  on the following:

  • Which colleges are offering you the best deal?
  • The fair market price of each college.
  • Any hidden costs or risks.
  • Which school is actually the best fit?
  • Tips on negotiating for further financial aid.


Inasmuch, the financial aid offers you receive from colleges try to give you an estimate of living expenses, but there are many more sources of hidden costs to consider. These include:

  • The impact of student loan interest (the original loan may double in size by the time you graduate).
  • The rising cost of tuition (students may pay 30% more in tuition by their senior year).
  • Costs of not graduating on time (the average student takes 5 or 6 years to graduate).
  • The risk of "bait-and-switch" tactics where some schools front-load financial aid in favor of freshmen.


With our Cost Cutter, Tool powered by College Factual you can:

  • Calculate the fair market cost of a degree from each of your schools.
  • Compare net price to discover if you are getting a fair deal.
  • Compare all of the offers you've received to find out where you are getting the best discount.

Thus, we guarantee this tool will make your education decisions easier.


CLICK HERE to learn about the best colleges in 2019.

CLICK on the picture below to access the Youth Sports University College Matching Online Tool for student-athletes powered by College Factual:

YBU whole College Student Matching Program


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Listed below you will find the Best College Resources On The Internet


Standardized Test Sites


The College Board PSAT, SAT I, SAT Subject Tests, AP exams

Fair Test National Center for Fair & Open Testing - Lists of over 830 test-optional colleges

Financial Aid

FAFSA Online - The U.S. Government's Financial Aid Website

CSS Profile - The College Board's Financial Aid Website

College Navigator - The percentage of students receiving institutional aid is listed.

Federal Student Aid Types - An Office of the U.S. Department of Education

Private Scholarships


Broke Scholar

Wired Scholar Scholarship Search

Find Tuition

Merit Aid - A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country

College Treasure - Helps link the student to 1,000s of academic scholarships

Shop Sleuth - The Ultimate Scholarship Guide

College Admission Application

Common Application - One application for over 400 colleges and universities

Texas Common Application - One application for over 40 Texas colleges


NCAA - The site for prospective college athletes Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse for D1 and D2 colleges

NAIA - Information about athletic offerings at small colleges

College Search

College rankings and reviews

Online database by location, majors, more

Video Tours

Video Tours

For Planning Campus Visits

Videos Of The Student Led Tours Across The US And Abroad

Miscellaneous Sites

A tool to help students identify majors that fit their interests

What Can I Do With This Major? Allows students & parents to see the practical application of college

Colleges of Distinction - A college guide with a unique approach asking about what really matters: which colleges are the best places to learn, grow and succeed?

National Survey of Student Engagement - An alternative view of college fit that focuses on teaching and learning

Campus Tours

The Daily Jolt - A College Network Run by Students

Comprehensive College Information Site - One Stop College and Scholarship Resource

Allows students to find and apply for scholarships, search through a database of more than 4,000 colleges, and explore 900 careers all in one location. It is one of the most comprehensive sites for life after high school... and everything on the site is free for students to use!

Campus Security - (Free and open to the public)

Enrichment Programs

Summer, school year, and gap year programs – SPI Study Abroad High School Language Immersion & Global Leadership Programs

To do this, you will need to know your Expected Family Contribution. This is the minimum amount colleges will expect you to pay for one year of college. The best place to do this:

Won't my high school or club coach help get me recruited?
Short and simple: they might! However, typically your coach has a full-time day job in addition to coaching. They do not have the time or resources to devote to ensuring that you and your teammates are getting recruited by schools that are a good fit for you beyond your sport. They probably have a few college coaches that they typically refer students to, but do not have the contacts or information to maximize your opportunities.  Remember it is your future. Our expertise helps you get added to that list of recruits.

Can't I just put my profile online and get recruited?

Probably not. There are thousands of players who have posted profiles online; there is no screening mechanism in place for them. College coaches will not randomly sift through those profiles in hopes of finding the right athlete. Keep in mind, the right athlete is not necessarily a superstar player. The right athlete is a good fit for the team. The coach not only looks at sport-specific skills, but also the athlete's position, college major, interest in that college or similar colleges, GPA, and so on. College coaches have limited time and budget to recruit athletes. They are looking for certain criteria first and then they add that player to the list of potential recruits. Our expertise helps you get added to that list of recruits.

 How important are grades in the recruiting process?

Grades are significant. Coaches look at grades for two reasons.

First, the student has to demonstrate that they can keep up their grades while playing sports. If a student cannot maintain a decent GPA in high school, this shows the coach that the student lacks the ability to balance their studies and athletics. Some colleges may also suspend a student or put them on probation for poor grades. A coach will not waste time and scholarship money on a student they are not sure will be able to play.

Second, often the school will offer additional academic money to the student which lessens the financial burden on the coach's budget. A student-athlete with consistently good grades has a stronger chance of being recruited and keeping their position on the team.

 College coaches already know who all the good players are. If my name is in the paper, will I automatically get recruited?

College coaches do not already know who all of the "good" players are. Coaches are interested in finding players that are a good fit for their team. The coach doesn't need eleven-star quarterbacks on his football team or five starting guards on his basketball team. Additionally, a high school or club team with a poor record may have players who are quite capable of playing at the college level and being recruited. Promoting your potential to coaches and teams that are likely to be a good fit is extremely important.

To acquire answers to additional student-athletes' questions, please register to attend one of our workshops.


This list was compiled from the 2014-15 NCAA Division 1 Manual under section 13.1 (Recruiting).

Business Day- A business day is any weekday that is not recognized as a national holiday, including any weekday during which an institution is closed for other reasons (e.g., holiday break).

Diversified Sports Camp- A diversified sports camp is a camp that offers a balanced camping experience, including participation in seasonal summer sports and recreational activities, without emphasis on instruction, practice or competition in any particular sport.

Specialized Sports Camp- A specialized sports camp is a camp that places special emphasis on a particular sport or sports and provides specialized instruction.

Competition Site- The “competition site” is the facility in which athletics competition is actually conducted, including any dressing room or meeting facility used in conjunction with the competition.

Contact- A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's parents, relatives or legal guardians and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged (e.g., staff member positions himself or herself in a location where contact is possible) or that takes place on the grounds of the prospective student-athlete's educational institution or at the site of organized competition or practice involving the prospective student-athlete or the prospective student athlete's high school, preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team shall be considered a contact, regardless of whether any conversation occurs. However, an institutional staff member or athletics representative who is approached by a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athletes parents, relatives or legal guardians at any location shall not use a contact, provided the encounter was not prearranged and the staff member or athletics representative does not engage in any dialogue in excess of a greeting and takes appropriate steps to immediately terminate the encounter.

Evaluation Activities During Contact Period—Football. [FBS/FCS] In football, a visit to a prospective student athlete's high school, preparatory school or two-year college, or an evaluation at any site that occurs during a contact period shall constitute a contact (for all prospective student-athletes in that sport at the
educational institution) for that particular week even if no contact is made with a prospective student-athlete.

Contact Period- A contact period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

Evaluation Period- An evaluation period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall
be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.

Recruiting Period—Men’s Basketball. In men’s basketball, a recruiting period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

Quiet Period- A quiet period is a period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution’s campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.

Dead Period- A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution’s campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospective
student-athlete during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw for a prospective student-athlete who visits an institution as part of a group. During a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance, except as provided in Bylaw, and may not visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution.  It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during a dead period.

Exception—Women’s Volleyball. In women’s volleyball, an institutional coaching staff member may have incidental contact with a two-year college prospective student-athlete who is attending and being honored at the annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) awards banquet, provided no recruiting conversation occurs.

Exception—Official or Unofficial Visit During Dead Period After Commitment. A prospective student-athlete is permitted to make an official or unofficial visit during a dead period after one of the following events occurs:
(a) The prospective student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or the institution’s written
offer of admission and/or financial aid; or
(b) The institution receives a financial deposit in response to the institution’s offer of admission.

Enrolled Student-Athlete. An enrolled student-athlete is an individual whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletics staff or another representative of athletics interests with a view toward the student’s ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletics program. Any other student becomes a student-athlete only when the student reports for an intercollegiate squad that is under the jurisdiction of the athletics department.

Evaluation- Evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospective student-athlete, including any visit to a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospective student-athlete participating in
any practice or competition at any site.

Exception—Football. In football, any evaluation that occurs during a contact period by a coaching staff member is a countable contact per Bylaw rather than a countable evaluation.

Evaluation Days—(Football, Softball, Women’s Volleyball, and Women’s Sand Volleyball). An evaluation day is defined as one coach engaged in the evaluation of any prospective student-athlete on one day (12:01 a.m. to midnight). Two coaches making evaluations on the same day shall use two evaluation
days. See Bylaws,, and

Recruiting -Person Days—(Men’s Basketball). In men’s basketball, a recruiting-person day is defined as one coach engaged in an off-campus recruiting activity of a men’s basketball prospective student-athlete, including a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent (or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid), on one day (12:01 a.m. to midnight); two coaches engaged in recruiting activities on the same day shall use two recruiting-person days. Men’s basketball staff members shall not exceed 130 recruiting-person days during the academic year.

Tournament Application. Each day of a tournament or tier of a tournament in which a coach engages in off-campus evaluation activity shall count as a separate recruiting-person day. (Adopted: 12/12/06)

Recruiting-Person Days—(Women’s Basketball). In women’s basketball, a recruiting-person day is defined as one coach engaged in an off-campus recruiting activity of a women’s basketball prospective student-athlete, including a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent (or the institutions written offer of admission and/or financial aid), on one day (12:01 a.m. to midnight); two coaches engaged in recruiting activities on the same day shall use two recruiting-person days. Women’s basketball staff members shall not exceed 112 recruiting-person days during the academic year. 

Tournament Application. Each day of a tournament or tier of a tournament in which a coach engages in off-campus evaluation activity shall count as a separate recruiting person day.

Home. In general, a prospective student athlete's “home” is the prospective student-athletes legal residence or the community of the educational institution in which the prospective student-athlete is enrolled while residing there.

National Letter of Intent. The National Letter of Intent referred to in this bylaw is the official document administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association and used by subscribing member institutions to establish the commitment of a prospective student-athlete to attend a particular institution. Prospective Student-Athlete. A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual’s relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally. An individual remains a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier):
(a) The individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate institution’s regular academic year (excluding summer);
(b) The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any term;
(c) The individual officially registers, enrolls and attends classes during the certifying institution’s summer term prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution; or
(d) The individual reports to an institutional orientation session that is open to all incoming students within 14 calendar days prior to the opening day of classes of a regular academic year term.

Exception—After Commitment. After an individual has signed a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or after the institution has received his or her financial deposit in response to its offer of admission, the individual shall no longer be subject to the restrictions
of Bylaw 13.1. The individual remains a prospective student-athlete for purposes of applying the remaining provisions of Bylaw 13 and other bylaws.

Recruiting- Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospective student-athlete or a prospective student-athlete's relatives (or legal guardians) by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospective student-athlete’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.

Recruited Prospective Student-Athlete- Actions by staff members or athletics representatives that cause a prospective student-athlete to become a recruited prospective student-athlete at that institution are:
(a) Providing the prospective student-athlete with an official visit;
(b) Having an arranged, in-person, off-campus encounter with the prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athletes parents, relatives or legal guardians;
(c) Initiating or arranging a telephone contact with the prospective student-athlete, the prospective student athlete's relatives or legal guardians on more than one occasion for the purpose of recruitment; or
(d) Issuing a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of athletically related financial aid to the prospective student-athlete. Issuing a written offer of athletically related financial aid to a prospective student-athlete to attend a summer session prior to full-time enrollment does not cause the prospective
student-athlete to become recruited.

A representative of Athletics Interests. A “representative of the institution’s athletics interests” is an individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturer) or other organization who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the institution’s executive or athletics
administration to:
(a) Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program;

(b) Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
(c) Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
(d) Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
(e) Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution’s athletics program.

Duration of Status- Once an individual, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization is identified as such a representative, the person, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization retains that identity indefinitely.

Telephone Calls- All electronically transmitted human voice exchange (including video conferencing and videophones) shall be considered telephone calls.
Official Visit- An official visit to a member institution by a prospective student-athlete is a visit financed in whole or in part by the member institution.

Unofficial Visit- An unofficial visit to a member institution by a prospective student-athlete is a visit made at the prospective student-athlete’s own expense. The provision of any expenses or entertainment valued at more than $100 by the institution or representatives of its athletics interests shall require the visit to
become an official visit, except as permitted in Bylaws 13.5 and 13.7.

Individual Associated with a Prospective Student-Athlete— (Men’s Basketball). In men’s basketball, an individual associated with a prospective student-athlete is any person who maintains (or directs others to maintain) contact with the prospective student-athlete, the prospective student-athletes relatives
or legal guardians, or coaches at any point during the prospective student athlete's participation in basketball, and whose contact is directly or indirectly related to either the prospective student-athletes athletic skills and abilities or the prospective student-athletes recruitment by or enrollment in an NCAA institution. This definition includes, but is not limited to, parents, legal guardians, handlers, personal trainers and coaches. An individual who meets this definition retains such status during the enrollment of the prospective student-athlete at the institution.

College is expensive! Most four-year universities cost between $20,000-$60,000 per year. Most parents assume their child will receive their degree in four years, but currently, over 55% of all students take longer- the average being five and a half years. This translates into a “four-year degree” costing $110,000-$330,000. This is before grad school, med school, or other extended college degrees! But it doesn’t have to cost that much.

Youth Sports University is shocked at how few parents and student-athletes have any idea of how much control they can have over the cost of their education. Even worse, Youth Sports University see parents and student-athletes taking on a huge amount of debt when they easily could have saved themselves 20-60% of that debt.

The number one indicator of scholarships is the student-athletes' GPA, and yet most student-athletes treat B’s as though it is a “good” grade. Few, if any, schools offer scholarship money for a 3.0 GPA. 

So, how do you save thousands of dollars on college?

There are several painless things you can do, but the first is to help the student-athlete make every effort to achieve A’s; even if that means acquiring tutoring. This does not involve putting pressure on the student-athlete. It involves giving them the tools to succeed and investing in their success long before college. Most student-athletes will tell you that no one has ever taught them to study. They have never been guided on creating the best study habits, instructed on how to study, what to study, or when to study. Many schools also no longer issue student-athletes their own textbook to take home, so how would they ever know if there is valuable information to be gained from the book? Maybe you have a straight-A student-athlete, but they put so much pressure on themselves, you would like to see them enjoy high school a little more. Again, the proper tool can eliminate their stress and help them become a well-rounded student-athlete.

Youth Sports University believe the proper tool is the difference between digging a ditch with a spoon and digging with a backhoe. Sure, you might get the same result using a spoon, but why put in more work than you need to when a backhoe is much more efficient?

The idea behind the Youth Sports University Student-Athlete Scholarship Execution Plan is to provide the student with the right instruments and the instructions to achieve their best grades without the stress or spending a ridiculous amount of time on trying to achieve that A. The Youth Sports University Student-Athlete Scholarship Execution Plan is that tool. It is filled with study tips based on scientific research and tested over the past year with clients of College Recruiting Specialists. The Youth Sports University Student-Athlete Scholarship Execution Plan not only provides insight on how to study but also what to study, and most importantly, a time management system to define when to study.

College Recruiting Specialists has tested this system with high school and college students with amazing results: our student-athletes took control over their time and homework allowing them to improve grades, lower stress levels, and ultimately lower the cost of their future education. To make the Youth Sports University Student-Athlete Scholarship Execution Plan even more user-friendly, we offer a course session called "How to Become a SuperStar Student-Athlete powered by the Great Course" that the student-athlete can enroll in to help ensure they are using the execution plan to its full potential.  This course session includes the following:

  1. Understanding Your Unique Intelligence
  2. Developing Effective Habits in Class
  3. Working Cooperatively in Groups
  4. Managing Time and Organizing Spaces
  5. Taking Charge of Homework
  6. Developing a Creative Mind
  7. Thinking Critically
  8. Diving into Research
  9. Writing Well
  10. Delivering Dynamic Presentations
  11. Taking Control of Tests
  12. Finding Balance
  13. Managing Your Child’s Education
  14. Understanding How We Learn
  15. Helping with Homework
  16. Working with Teachers
  17. Preparing for College and the Future
  18. Parenting with Balance

There are only 168 hours in the week- let's make sure that your student-athlete puts them to good use. For a student-athlete to register for the  "How to Become a SuperStar Student-Athlete powered by the Great Course", please CLICK HERE.  If you have questions about the Youth Sports University Student-Athlete Scholarship Execution Plan, please email us at.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Youth Business University Life Skills Program for our student-athletes will be launched in 2018.

These programs will assist Student-Athletes pertaining to opportunities to engage in enriching activities while building strategies for leading a productive life - in school, and beyond.

Student-Athletes will find useful information about Academic Strategies, Career Development, Civic Engagement, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, Leadership and Teamwork in Organizations, Personal Development, Practical and Household Skills, and Transitions.

We also plan to offer the following services:

Bureau of Study Counsel
The Bureau of Study Counsel will be a counseling and learning resource center that encourages the development of the "whole person" in the interrelated realms of intellectual, emotional, and social life. Student-Athletes will consult with the Bureau regarding a wide variety of academic issues and personal concerns.

Office of Career Services
The Office of Career Services (OCS) will support all Student-Athletes and alumni of Youth Business University in exploring and making effective career and educational choices.

Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Services
The Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) will offer a wide range of programs and services that seek to meet the needs of the Youth Business University sports community through prevention, education, intervention, policy development and treatment.

Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response will provide confidential support, information, and resource referrals to victims of sexual violence.

Advising Programs Office
The Advising Programs Office will provide Youth Business University Student-Athletes with information about numerous academic topics including courses, concentrations, honors, scholarships, and study abroad.

AAPEX (Athletic, Academic, and Personal Excellence) 
AAPEX is a service will be reserved specifically for Youth Business University Student-Athletes. AAPEX will provide academic counseling; general personal counseling; vocational counseling; decision-making assistance; and conflict resolution assistance. 

About Youth Sports University

Youth Sports University (YSU) is a relevant comprehensive youth organization simulating a "University" designed to educate, elevate, empower, encourage, energize, engage, enrich, equip, and expand today's scholar-athletes, parent, athletics directors, coaches counselors, administrators, and adult, sports leaders at large.

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Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Phone: 404 941 5578



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