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An Introduction into Sports Scholarships:

If you are aged between 15-24, in education or have been in the last 2 years and have a clean criminal record whilst competing at a high level, you are well positioned to become a successful U.S Sports Scholarship applicant. That being said, it is advised to apply and start the process of searching for a sports scholarship as early as possible, giving you the optimal chance of finding the most suitable school for your academic and athletic capabilities.

College level sports are governed by athletic associations, who make the rules and regulations when it comes to sport scholarships and recruitment of student-athletes. If an institution does not hold membership of an athletic association then it is highly unlikely that sports scholarships will be available.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): This is the most extensive association with 1,000+ member schools, hosts 450,000+ student athletes and is the most competitive league for sport scholarships and distributes the most funding.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): This association deals with around 250 schools, 65,000 student athletes, organises 21 conferences and 26 championships and distributes a significant amount of funding in sport scholarships.

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): This association covers two-year community colleges, deals with 520+ schools in 24 regions and also distributes a significant amount of funding in sport scholarships.

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What is a U.S sports scholarship?

An athletic scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend a U.S college or university awarded to an individual based on their academic and athletic capabilities. A sports scholarship can cover anywhere between 0-100% of costs and these offers are authorised by the coaches at American colleges/universities.

What determines how much scholarship I get in the USA?

Your scholarship will depend on many factors including your playing ability and academic standing, as well as your coaches assigned budget for the season. However, don’t worry it is our job to ensure that we find you an American college which best suits your preferences and capabilities. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 a year all in and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $42,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $8,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the field and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards.

Can I receive a full 100% sports scholarship in the USA?

The level of scholarship granted is fundamentally dependent on what the coach of the American college wants to offer. A 100% scholarship or ‘full ride’ covers the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, and textbooks, leaving only incidental costs to pay for the student-athlete. In this case, 100% of the costs are covered and it can be worth up to a staggering $400,000 over four years. At U.S Sports Scholarships, one in every four of our athletes will receive a full scholarship.

How do I find out more about U.S Sports Scholarships?

To find out more about the sports scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Sports Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can register for one of our UK Trials where our expert team will deliver a detailed presentation that will provide you with information on the entire process and how we can help you with securing a sports scholarship. If this is of interest please complete our online application form.

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