Know that mens soccer athletic scholarships are generally not a full ride scholarship. Academic/Merit and Need based scholarships generally are needed to combine with an athletic scholarship to attempt to cover some portion of tuition, room and board. I know one athlete who went out of state and because he was a recruited athlete they offered him in-state tuition as part of the deal. So just because it is out of state, don't cross it off your list. Once you establish a relationship with a coach and it is a mutual "we like each other" situation, then you ask the questions.
Some colleges have an online financial calculator. You enter your parent's tax return information (if they claim you as a dependent) and it calculates what you can expect to receive via financial aid with a click of a button. Kind of cool. At least it gives you an idea of what you are looking at given your specific situation.
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I started to make a webpage about searching for a college soccer program, but I'm not an expert on college recruiting. So instead, I decided I would just blog about what we are learning in the process of helping our high school Junior go through this. It has been an interesting journey so far, but I imagine it is not unique in the least. There are definitely things that would have been nice to know if I had known what to ask before this point in time.