FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a sports (athletic) scholarship?
A sport scholarship (sometimes referred to as an athletic scholarship) is an award
from a college to an athlete that enables them to attend their institute at a reduced
rate or possibly free of charge. We can assist you with the two main types of
scholarships available in America; a sport scholarship and an academic scholarship.
What are the advantages of a sports scholarship?
The main advantage of a sport scholarship is that it offers financial aid. This has the potential of saving you tens of thousands of dollars each year. Other benefits include playing your chosen sport on a full-time basis whilst obtaining a degree.
Who is eligible for a sports scholarship?
Any talented athlete may be eligible for a sports scholarship. Some athletes may be awarded a larger scholarship than others based on their sporting and academic credentials and the institute in which they are applying to.
What sports currently offer scholarships?
There are 21 female sports and 18 male sports that currently offer sports scholarships.
What colleges offer sports scholarships?
Most of the NCAA division I and II colleges offer sports scholarships. Colleges from division I and II of the NAIA and division I and III Junior colleges also offer sports scholarships.
What subjects can I enrol on?
American institutes offer a wide range of subjects - all of which are available for you to choose from. There is no set course that you are obliged to follow because you are enrolling on a sports scholarship. Each college is different and will offer different courses.
Can I get a sports scholarship if I am already enrolled in University?
Yes. Credits can be transferred from your current university to the college you wish to attend. Master's courses may also be available at some colleges.
Who will pay for my flights?
Unfortunately due to NCAA regulations, colleges are not permitted to pay for travel expenses; you will have to incur these costs.
What is the SAT Exam?
The SAT exam is a compulsory exam that all students must take in order to be accepted into a college. The SAT exam tests your ability in Mathematics and English.
What is the NCAA Clearinghouse?
The NCAA clearinghouse is the governing board that all student-athletes must apply to in order to get clearance and gain eligibility so they can attend a NCAA division I or II institute. The NCAA clearinghouse cross-references the amateur and academic status of all athletes wishing to participate in college sports.
What are the benefits of being accepted into Stateside Today's programme?
Here at Stateside Today, we pride ourselves on being honest with our clients. Our consultants have been through the procedure of trying to obtain a sport scholarship and are in a great position to support and advise you on each and every step. We have relationships with coaches throughout America that trust our judgement. We are focused on getting you the best scholarship available that is suited to your needs.
What age do I need to be to get a scholarship?
Stateside Today look at candidates between the ages of 15-23. On average our student-athletes enrol either at 18 or 19.
Can I transfer to another college?
You are able to transfer from one college to another so long as you have earned at least 24 credit hours at the initial university you attended. If you were to transfer more than on one occasion during your college career then you will be asked to sit-out a full year of competition in order to regain your eligibility. Acceptance of college credit from one university to another will be decided by the admissions office at the receiving university. There is a chance that not all credits will be transferable and these cases are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
How do I get scouted?
The best way to be scouted is to attend a trial day or request a member of Stateside Today to attend a sporting event that your participating in.
How long is university in America?
Typically university is 4 years, however if a student decides to follow the Junior College route then the course is 2 years.
Can I return home during my time in University?
Yes, there are 2 chances to return home per year, Christmas and summer.
Are US and UK degrees the same?
Yes, US degrees are equivalent to your home country.
Can I lose my athletic scholarship?
Yes - if you fail to achieve the requirements the college set out.
What happens if I get a serious injury?
If you get a serious injury there is a process called ‘medical redshirt’ – whereby you defer your eligibility to play sport for 1 year. After you have recovered from injury, you are able to play again.
Who determines the scholarship I’m awarded?
There are several factors to determine the scholarship award, these are: academics, athletic ability, institutions need.
What is the average cost for international students per year?
There is no set average - with costs ranging anywhere from $8,000 - $60,000 per annum before scholarships are awarded. When considering the average cost a Stateside Today student-athlete pays - it would be between 0-30% of total fees, because the majority of our athletes are awarded 70% scholarships.
How many colleges are there?
There are more than 3000 colleges.
Do I get a refund if Stateside Today fail to provide me with a scholarship offer?
Yes, we offer a 50% refund if no scholarship is offered within 2 years of signing.
What is the cost of the Stateside Today service?
£1700 payment in full
Do I need video footage?
Yes, for most sports a recruiting video is crucial for a college coach to evaluate you as an athlete. For many coaches, this is a required aspect of any recruiting resume, if they are going to take any interest in you. Some sports, like swimming, track, and rowing, rely more on event times and meeting results, rather than video. But it is always highly recommended to have some sort of video footage, in case a coach wants to see it.
Having a highlight video or game footage is very important to college coaches, and unless you make it very easy for them to view, you are not going to have a successful recruiting effort. Having video ready allows coaches to be able to watch you play without having to spend money on travel. What they see in your video will help them determine whether or not they want to come and evaluate you in person.
It’s not enough to send a coach a sheet of your statistics from your season, they need to be able to see your technique, physicality, and skills and the only way to do that is with video.
A coach isn’t going to recruit an athlete that they haven’t been able to see play.
What is a NLOI?
This is a binding contract between you and the school for one year. Once you have signed this contract you are committed to that school for one year and you are no longer eligible to sign with a different program.
What tests do I need to take?
In order to be eligible for every college students are asked to take either the SAT or ACT exam. Countries where English is not the first language are required to take a TOFEL exam.
The tests you need to take depend on what collegiate level you want to play. NCAA Divisions 1 and 2 require that you take either the SAT or the ACT. For D1 and D2 schools, the NCAA Eligibility Center uses a sliding scale to see if your standardized test score is high enough.
The minimum SAT score to be eligible for combined critical reading and math is a 400, accompanied by a 3.55 and above GPA.
The NCAA doesn’t look at the critical writing section to decide eligibility, however most individual schools do consider it during the admissions process.
Just because you’re declared eligible by the Eligibility Center doesn’t mean you’ll gain admission to a college or be recruited.
Individual institutions and conferences set eligibility standards at the NCAA Division 3 level. You may be able to find schools that don’t require a standardized test, but you’ll severely limit your options.
The NAIA determines academic eligibility by looking at your GPA, class rank, and standardized test scores, the SAT or ACT. To be declared eligible to compete at an NAIA school you must hit a specified mark in two out of three of those categories: a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, finish ranked in the top 50% of your high school class, or score above a combined 860 on the reading and writing portions of the SAT or score an 18 on the Enhanced ACT.
Remember, an SAT or ACT score may not be necessary to be eligible, but not taking it may reduce your school options.
If you’re an international student from a non-native English speaking country you’ll be required to take the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL exam evaluates a student’s ability to read and write in English.
Where will I live whilst at University?
If the institution has housing then you will live on campus in dorms. If the institution does not have housing then you will live off campus in shared accommodation with fellow student-athletes.