Saving for College
Athletic Scholarships Save Money But Cost Time
Many high school students and their parents dream of receiving an athletic scholarship that pays all or part of their college expenses. There’s a downside to a scholarship, however: The time demands on a college athlete are considerable. The average athlete spends over thirty hours per week on their sport during the season, and approximately ten hours per week out of season. (The average Division I basketball and football player spends more time on his or her sport than they do on course work.)
As a result it can be harder for athletes to keep their grades up, much less graduate on time.
An athletic scholarship can be a great way to help make college affordable; just make sure it fits into your son or daughter’s long-term plans, too.