How can I apply for sport-scholarship?

The scholarship offer depends on the U.S coaches so you need to contact them directly. The amount of scholarship is based on the ability of the prospective student-athletes and the proportion of athletic scholarship awarded to the high school athletes will be determined by the college coaches of each institutions. The more universities you contact the better your chances will be to find a place in the U.S college system with sport-scholarship!



Why do I need a sport-scholarship for my college studies in the U.S?

A cost of tuition in the United States is extremely expensive (room and board, tuition, other expenses) which can be as high as 55,000 dollars/year! If you apply for a full-ride sport scholarship successfully, then your parents will pay nothing for these college expenses.



What kinds of scholarships are available for high school international student-athletes?

You can earn 100%, or full-ride athletic scholarship, or partial athletic scholarship. 100% scholarship covers all of you college expenses, except the plane ticket to the United States. If you do not earn full-ride athletic scholarship, you can always apply for academic or need-based scholarships, which you can use to supplement the remaining cost of tuition to the university. That way you can add up the available scholarship to cover all or almost all of you expenses.



When should I start the application process?

The earlier you start the application, the better chance you will have to get admitted to a U.S university with a sports scholarship. You need to prepare for exams and get in touch with U.S College coaches. This process can take up to a couple months or even years. We are strongly recommending starting the application process as early as sophomore or junior year in your high school.



Do I receive the sport scholarship for 1 or 4 full academic years?

Most university programs offer scholarship for 4 years for international student-athletes with annual contracts that can be signed by the athletes as they wish. There are some universities in which the amount of sport scholarship awarded for the student-athletes can be increased or decreased on the basis of athletic performance during their college years.



Can the university take away my sport scholarship?

You will not lose your sport scholarship right away due to weak athletic performance or injuries. However, the coach can assess your performance on a yearly basis and increase your scholarship % after the end of the academic year. Of course, there are cases when the university and coach have the right to terminate your scholarship contract during the year. For example if you breach your scholarship contract, such as not meeting academic requirements, cheating on an exam, or you do not show up to practices.



Is there any available sport scholarship for athletes who are not among the top athletes in their nation? Would I have any chance for applying financial aid?

The answer is yes! If you are not among the top athletes there are still a lot of opportunities to reduce your financial cost to play sports and study at a U.S university. If you are not good enough to qualify for 100% athletic scholarship, you can always apply for academic and need-based scholarship. Moreover, you can apply for scholarship not only to the top level universities in the U.S (NCAA D1), but also to lower level schools in terms of sports, such as, NCAA D2, D3, NAIA, and Junior College. It is good to know that 80% of the total scholarships are available outside of NCAA D1 universities namely at NCAA D2, D3, NAIA, and NJCAA. For these schools, the chances to receive scholarships are higher than you would expect!



Can I work during my college years to reduce my cost of tuition?

Yes, you can apply for on-campus jobs as long as you are working within the rules and regulations set forth by those specific institutions. For more information you can ask the chosen university’s international admission office about available job opportunities in the school.



What kind of academic requirements do I need to fulfill to apply for U.S scholarship?

The two required exams are the SAT and TOEFL. The SAT is required by every high school student who wants to continue their academic studies in the U.S. The TOEFL is mainly required by international students whose first language is not English. You can take the exams in your home country throughout the year at the specific study centers. As of 2013, the cost of the SAT is $120 and TOEFL is $225 for international applicants.

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