I appreciate your web site and the information that it contains. I’m hopeful you can provide insight into a decision that we have to make around my daughter being either a recruited walk-on or non-recruited walk on at her intended school. She will be playing at a D1 school and the coach is saying she can be either in the coming year. Apparently there are pro’s and con’s to each status and as much as I thought I understood these when explained by the coach I’m getting a bit confused and we need to make a decision over the next few days before she makes a visit to the school (official vs. non-official visit).
The coach said volleyball is a counter sport so if she receives any academic aid that would count against the team limit of 12 scholarships which is fine as I do not believe my daughter would qualify for academic aid as she has a 3.2 with a 1620 SAT. Respectable but not overly impressive at this academic state school. My question is while I do not believe that my daughter will qualify for academic aid I am hopeful she can qualify for financial aid as we will have two daughters in school next year paying out of state tuition.
Our EFC (family contribution) would suggest that we could expect to receive $8-10K in financial aid from the college from the total expense of $42K that the school estimates its costs for annual tuition and housing. My daughter would prefer to be a recruited walk on as it allows more interaction with the coaching staff before attending the school and she thinks she would feel better about her status on the team but I do not want to walk away from the potential of $8-10K toward her college expenses especially when I’m responsible for 2 daughters in college at the same time.
Obviously the coach does not want to risk having her count against her overall scholarship until she earns an athletic scholarship which is why she wants us to be real clear on the distinction between recruited and non -recruited walk on as once we decide that will be her status for the visit that she is making. Does my daughter being a recruited walk on prevent her from accepting financial aid from the institution? If so, perhaps its best for her to join the team as a non-recruited walk on. I would value your guidance and advice.