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What is an athletic scholarship?
An athletic scholarship is funding towards an education at either a College or University in the United States of America. In more simple terms a College is willing to pay for part or sometimes all of your Tuition to study for a degree whilst you are giving back via way of competing for that college as part of their athletics program.
What does a scholarship cover?
Scholarships differ in every college in the USA. Typically a scholarship will cover the majority of your tuition costs to attend that college however there are other ways to bump that up and get access to more funding which can go towards your housing, meals and books. A scholarship is awarded by a college coach based on your ability and requirement to their specific program.
Do my School grades or subjects matter?
Without a doubt this is the most important thing when applying for an athletic scholarship. If you have not sat the correct amount of core course subjects you will be deemed ineligible by the NCAA and the academics departments of that particular school and will not be eligible to compete. A non-competing athlete is less likely to get any scholarship funding.
How old do I need to be to apply to AUS Recruit?
Generally we say the earlier the better. Not only does it give us more time to advise and correct any academic eligibility issues that may arise but enables us to properly promote you, negotiate and ensure we can secure the best outcome for the athlete and of course their family. We recommend applying to AUS Recruit from year 10 and up however we have placed athletes with only their final year of University in Australia to complete.
Do I need to sit any additional exams before I go?
You will be required to sit an SAT exam. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that’s fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.
If I am not in a representative team in Australia do I still have a chance of getting a scholarship?
AUS Recruit believes in assessing any athlete that has the desire to go to college in the USA. Depending on the sport you play and your academic ability will determine whether you are at scholarship level. The Pre Assessment Application is the best way for us to determine this whilst giving you a very transparent view from our experts both here in Australia and the USA on the opportunities that exist for you.
Why do American Universities want Australian or International Athletes?
It is no secret that Australia is a supreme sporting nation hence the attraction from US coaches to get Aussie athletes over there. The coach’s role is to put together the best possible team to represent their college, if they need to go outside the USA to do so they will!
Do college coaches recruit from agency websites or databases?
Absolutely not! Don’t be fooled into thinking just because your profile is on a website that a coach is going to come looking for you. They simply do not have the time and with our history we guarantee coaches are more likely to look at an approved athlete from a reputable source like AUS Recruit well before they go hunting through endless amounts of athlete profiles to find you.
How much in scholarship funding is available to athletes each year?
Scholarships awarded for the fall 2014 were in the vicinity of 2.4 Billion Dollars which was spread across over 1800 institutions in the USA.
How important is game footage for a coach?
This is one of if not the most important thing you will ever need during the recruiting process. If you do not have footage to show a coach and showcase your skills you have a 0% chance of getting an email back from a coach let alone an offer. Film every game, make a skills video and do it professionally!