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Benefits of a Scholarship
US Sports Scholarships
The concept behind US sports scholarships is simple; it provides talented amateur sportsmen and women with an opportunity to pursue both an academic and athletic career simultaneously.
What does it cover?
A sports scholarship to a US university can cover a percentage, or sometimes 100%, of the costs associated with earning a university degree. In return, the student-athlete will represent the university in their respective sport and maintain a good level of academic performance.
NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA
Collegiate Athletic Associations are responsible for ensuring that only an appropriate standard of student-athletes are admitted to university and awarded scholarships. These include the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), which has a 3 division set up. Under NCAA rules, Division I and II schools can offer scholarships to athletes playing a sport, whereas division III schools cannot offer any athletic scholarships. It is generally understood that larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in Division II and III. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) also organises college and university-level athletic programs. Each has its own initial academic and sporting eligibility criteria, to allow participation in events arranged by them.
Benefits to the University
The benefit for the university is that they get a student-athlete who will help them achieve sporting success, which is of great value in the US. The universities call for students to maintain academic achievement alongside sporting achievement and typically require students to maintain at least an academic ‘C’ grade average during their scholarship.
Benefit to the student-athlete
The benefit to the student-athlete of attending a university in the US is gaining an education to degree level – wholly or partly paid for, life experience in the US, world-class coaching and the opportunity to experience the most competitive amateur sporting environment in the world.
Only the student-athlete and her parents/guardian will decide whether a scholarship offer is financially viable for them. No one is obliged to commit to any scholarship offer.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). This is a standardised test for US university admissions, operated by the College Board, a non-profit association of more than 5,700 educational organisations. The result of this will shape which university the student-athlete can go to.
What additional costs are there?
Notwithstanding any of the costs associated with the scholarship that you receive, you will have to consider the financial aspect of paying for flights to and from home, health insurance, and money to keep you whilst you are living as a student-athlete in the US. There are also costs for obtaining the student visa and registering for the SAT exam.
Frequently Asked Questions
Title IX’s fee is for the provision of assistance and consultancy services including, but not exclusive to, assessing and consulting on the academic & athletic eligibility of its clients and guiding them through the scholarship application process. We are not permitted to charge a fee for our services based on scholarship offers secured for our clients. As such, our fee is charged in advance of our services commencing. (See NCAA rule 12.3 Use of Agents’, available at www.ncaa.org)
NCAA rules prohibit any company or individual from guaranteeing your successful placement at an American college or university with an athletic scholarship. NCAA rules state, “A prospective student-athlete may allow a scouting service or agent to distribute personal information to member institutions without jeopardizing his or her eligibility, provided the fee paid to such an agent is not based on placing the prospective student-athlete in a collegiate institution as a recipient of institutional financial aid." (see NCAA rule 22.214.171.124 ‘Talent Evaluation Services & Agents’, available at www.ncaa.org).
Title IX’s role is to assess and consult on your eligibility for receiving a sports scholarship, then guide you through the recruitment process with suitable American colleges and universities. We are not permitted to charge a fee for our services based on successfully placing clients at American colleges with suitable sports scholarships. As a result, we will not provide a refund where scholarships offered to clients were deemed ‘unsuitable’ by the client, or where scholarships are not offered at all. NCAA rules state, “A prospective student-athlete may allow a scouting service or agent to distribute personal information to member institutions without jeopardizing his or her eligibility, provided the fee paid to such an agent is not based on placing the prospective student-athlete in a collegiate institution as a recipient of institutional financial aid." (see NCAA rule 126.96.36.199 ‘Talent Evaluation Services & Agents’, available at www.ncaa.org).
No. Having a professional agent is against NCAA rules (see NCAA rule 12.3.1 ‘Use of Agents’, available at www.ncaa.org) and having one could make you ineligible to compete in college sports. Title IX does not provide services to professional athletes nor do we charge a fee based on the level or type of scholarship you receive, or indeed whether you receive a scholarship at all. Title IX’s fees are solely for the guidance and advice we provide in connection with the scholarship application process.
Foreseeing the monetary value of the scholarship that could be offered to you is something that is almost impossible to do. In addition to academic results, SAT test scores, timing, available budgets, and the coaches’ perspective upon an individual’s sporting ability (the college coach is the only one who could say to a prospective student athlete that they will receive ‘a full scholarship’) all have an impact. Title IX cannot and do not guarantee the ultimate level of scholarship awards made to our clients or indeed that a scholarship offer will be made at all.
You should expect that a ‘full’ or ‘100%’ scholarship would cover the cost of tuition, room, board, books and sports related clothing & equipment. However, the terms of any offer should be reviewed as every offer has exclusions.
Should you be successful in seeking a scholarship offer, it is highly likely that you will still be required to contribute towards your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th years’ costs at university in the US. As a result, it would be worthwhile to consider what, if any, level of financial contribution you could potentially afford to make towards any costs not covered within any scholarship. Remember that scholarship contributions do not include flights, insurance and social spending, etc.
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