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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions our recruitment specialists receive from players. However, if you have a question that is not answered here please do not hesitate to contact us and we will get a response to you within 48 hours.

What is an athletic soccer scholarship?

An athletic soccer scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend an American college or university awarded to an individual based on their academic and athletic capabilities.

Am I eligible for an athletic scholarship in the USA?

If you are aged between 16-23, in education or have been in the last year and have a clean criminal record whilst playing soccer at a competitive level, you are well positioned to become a successful U.S Soccer Scholarships applicant. However, only the best young players will be considered for a scholarship by coaches so ideally you will have played at an Academy, Centre of Excellence or have represented your County side. To find out if you are eligible complete our free online application form >>

What costs should I expect to pay each year at College in America?

A year of U.S college for a student will typically cost $15,000 – $40,000 before a scholarship award. If you are successful in obtaining a sports scholarship, this will typically reduce the costs to $6000 – $12,000. This figure compares extremely favourably to the cost of attending a university in the U.K, as it has been recently revealed that most UK students attending a UK university can expect the cost to be £15,000 plus when accommodation and food is taken into consideration. Unfortunately student loans are not available to UK students who decide to study abroad. Also US College grants are few and far between and should not be relied upon.

Some consultants talk freely about full scholarships or ‘full rides’. A full scholarship means that the college will pay for your tuition, accommodation, food, books and fees. It must be noted that only the very best players with outstanding academics receive a full scholarship and once again they should not be relied upon.

What should my U.S soccer video highlight include?

U.S College coaches watch hours of soccer highlight videos from thousands of recruits every year so it is essential that your clip stands out on your U.S Soccer Scholarship online profile. Please make sure you acknowledge the following tips before submitting your highlights:

* Use clips that show you’re a well-rounded soccer player with a wide range of skills. For example, demonstrate good ball control and distribution, attacking and defensive play, tactical awareness and creativity. For goalkeepers it might not be appropriate to use 11v11 footage so you could instead make a skills tape of you training.

* You don’t need hours of video footage, we typically make recruiting videos that last no longer than five minutes, as this is easily long enough to convey your soccer skills and capabilities.

* Video quality is absolutely critical we will not accept poor quality footage, as we know it will not be well received by coaches.

* Be sure to identify yourself in each clip stating your number and/or position.

What can I study at college/university in the USA?

You can study any course you desire that is available at the American college/university you will be attending. A common misconception some people have is that you have to study a sports related course to do a sports scholarship in the USA but this is not the case.

How much will college/university cost me per year?

The amount you pay per year will be dependent on various factors. Each American college/university sets its own individual fees per year just as each coach has a different budget to work with. Some U.S colleges may ask you to contribute nothing while others may require you to contribute money towards tuition, books and housing. If you are not an American citizen, you will need to demonstrate access to funding for the first year of study in order to apply for a visa, however our U.S specialist team will assist you with this process.

What additional costs will I be required to pay prior to enrolling?

Some of the other costs to consider, that you may be required to pay for, outside of our service fee which you are responsible for:

- SAT test: $81.
- NCAA or NAIA Eligibility center: $120 (NCAA), $95 (NAIA).
- World Education Service: $100-$150.
- American Medical Insurance (if not given by the U.S college): Roughly £200-£450.
- USA Student Visa (and SEVIS fee): $160 + $200.

What determines how much scholarship I get?

Your scholarship will depend on many factors including your playing ability and academic standing, as well as your U.S 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.

What is the difference between a college and university in the USA?

Absolutely none. In America the terms 'College' and 'University' are used interchangeably and essentially mean the same thing. Both College's and Universities offer 4 year degrees and both have equal standing in the USA.

What is the difference between NCAA and NAIA?

NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association

The NCAA oversees 89 championships in 23 sports. There are more than 400,000 student-athletes competing in three divisions at over 1,000 colleges and universities within the NCAA. Each division has their own governing body, rules and regulations.

Division I - There are 340 schools in Division I who must sponsor at least 7 sports for men and 7 for women OR 8 for women and 6 for men. American schools offer full and partial scholarships.
Division II -
There are 290 Division II schools who must sponsor at least 5 sports for men and 5 for women OR 6 for women and 4 for men. Schools can offer full and partial scholarships. Additionally, there is no age limit for student athletes at D II schools.
Division III - There are 436 Division III schools. There are no athletic scholarships that can be offered. However, coaches are allowed to award student athletes grants and academic scholarships based on the schools academic requirements.

Academic Requirements

Five or more different academic subject passes at GCSE grades A-E or Scottish Standard grades 1-7 including Maths, English, Science and Social Studies (History, Geography etc.) with an overall average of grade C or 3. The NCAA applies a sliding scale for the minimum SAT scores that are required for acceptance to NCAA Division I colleges. This will depend on your average academic grade. The higher your average academic grade is, the lower the minimum SAT score required.

NAIA: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

The NAIA association is comprised of 259 U.S member schools and more than 60,000 student-athletes. Each year, there is more than $450 million in athletic scholarship money awarded. Each sport has an overall limit on the amount of financial aid it can award as full or partial grants to students in that sport.

Academic Requirements

C or 3 grade average overall in GCSE subjects, Scottish Standards, or an alternative qualification such as BTEC or GSVQ if the school authorities can confirm that his/her marks were in the "Top Half" of the class. A student must have a minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT to compete at an American NAIA institution.

Can a player receive a full 100% scholarship?

The level of scholarship granted is fundamentally dependent on what the coach of the college wants to offer. A 100% scholarships 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 $240,000 over four years.

Can a player go on to play in the MLS after graduating from college/university?

Yes, the MLS uses colleges similar to the way professional soccer clubs in the UK use youth academies. Roughly 90% of the players who enter the MLS draft will have come from U.S colleges. Below are just a few examples of professional players who played in the American College system and went on to play in the MLS and for their respective countries:

* Clint Dempsey - USA International
* Brad Guzan - USA International
* Brad Friedel - USA International
* Tim Howard - USA International
* Geoff Cameron - USA International
* Stuart Holden - USA International
* Ryan Nelson - New Zealand International
* David Weir - Scotland International

Should I wait until I finish my course to apply?

No, you really need to get the process moving as soon as possible. Our seven step process of getting players over to the USA can take anything from 6 months to 2 years. The more time we have to work with you, the more chance you have of securing the U.S Soccer scholarship offers you are hoping for.

When is the ideal time to apply?

The competition for a soccer scholarship is extremely fierce so we strongly recommend starting the process as soon as possible. Ideally, the process of applying for undergraduate study in America will begin 1-1½ years before enrolment at a U.S university.

What are the U.S Soccer Scholarships' fees?

Our service fee covers assessing and consulting on the academic and athletic eligibility of our clients and guiding them through the USA scholarship application process. U.S Soccer Scholarships is not permitted to charge a fee for our services based on scholarship offers secured for our clients. As a result of this, our fee is charged in advance of our services commencing. There are some companies that state they will only take payment once they have got a player an offer, however this is against NCAA regulations. There’s more information about this on the NCAA website under NCAA rule 12.3 ‘Use of Agents’. U.S Soccer Scholarships cannot guarantee the number or type of offers players receive, as that is not under the company's control. However, we are confident that we give our players the best possible opportunity of securing a place at a university that best matches their athletic and acedemic capabilities through our personal and professional service.

We have 4 different pricing options, each with different levels of service. To learn more please click HERE

What exams do I need to sit prior to being accepted at a U.S college/university?

You have two options for taking a USA college entrance exam you can either sit the SAT or ACT. Taking the SAT or the ACT, is required for freshman entry to most colleges/universities in the USA. As proven academics in the American education system our team can provide invaluable guidance to collegiate players in how to score well on either of these exams.


ACT - American Entrance Exam

Test Length 3 hours, 25 minutes
Test Sections 5 sections
Essay Last section - optional
Scoring 5 scores of 1-36 players per subject area. Composite score: 1-36
Guessing No penalty for incorrect guesses
Score History Student decides score sent
Test Fee Around £70

The test dates for 2015 are as follows: 18 April 2015, 13 June 2015

ACT Website>>

SAT - American Entrance Exam

Test Length 3 hours, 45 minutes
Test Sections 10 sections
Essay First section - required
Scoring 3 scores of 200-800 per section. Total: 2400
Guessing Penalty for incorrect guesses
Score History Students score history sent
Test Fee Around £50

You can take the test more than once and there are 6 SAT exams per calendar year: January, May, June, October, November and December.

SAT Website>>

Is there a lot of paperwork to be completed before I can leave for the USA?

There is a considerable amount of paperwork that must be completed prior to enrolment at a American college/university. However, at U.S Soccer Scholarships we have years of experience in dealing with these documents and will make the whole process as simple as possible by guiding you through all required paperwork.