FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: How can AIR help me?
The recruiting process can be overwhelming and most people don’t know where to begin. We will provide the tools and guidance each step of the way. Our unique footprint in both Europe and America, identifies top international talent and brings them directly to coaches at American universities.
Q: Am I eligible?
The NCAA and NAIA have specific academic requirements for international students from every country. We recruit student athletes between the ages of 13-19, who have a desire to play and study in the United States and who meet specific requirements both academically and of their sport. If you are a serious athlete that plays at a competitive level chances are there is somewhere you can play. There are a wide range of opportunities that fit different talent levels which make it so much more important to have a 3rd party properly evaluate you so you can focus your efforts on the schools where you meet the requirements to play.
Q: I'm in my last year of high school, is it too late?
If your dream is to continue playing your sport, we can help you make it happen. You will have the most opportunities presented to you the earlier you begin but you can still achieve your goal. Recruiting starts early. The sooner you get your process started, the greater your chances of having multiple options in schools.
Q: Am I too young?
It’s never too early to start planning your University career. The more knowledgeable you are about the process, the more opportunities you will have. Top tier schools begin identifying their recruits during the first two years of high school. The longer you wait, the more opportunities will close. Begin early to give yourself the most success and options.
Q: Why should I go to the USA?
In America, you are offered a unique opportunity to play your sport in some of the world’s finest institutions while earning a Bachelor’s degree. You will be able to train daily with America’s top coaches and travel throughout the country competing against the nation’s top athletes.
Q: How much does this service cost?
If our scouts determine that you have what it takes to play at a school in America, you can join our International Talent Roster with a one-time investment of 3'300€ (excluding V.A.T.). Your membership will include a personal profile, direct access to coaches, comprehensive step by step guidance to entering an American university, and many other tools and techniques to achieve your goal.
Each University has it’s own requirements and varying levels are accepted at different institutions. This is where A.I.R. can help you identify exactly which schools and sports programs you qualify for.
Q: Do I qualify to enter an American University?
Q: How much does school tuition cost in America?
Private schools are on average $30,000 per year and public schools are approximately $22,000 per year. Sometimes athletic and academic scholarships are available to help cover a portion of the tuition costs. This is how college coaches are sometimes able to lure top talent to the States.
Q: What if I can't afford school tuition?
Depending on your situation, there are sometimes financial aid options as well as athletic and academic scholarship opportunities. It is important to realize how much you would invest in training for your sport (training, travel, equipment, camps). When you add up those costs, it could very well be close to the cost of tuition. Essentially your investment in tuition will provide you with a Bachelor's degree and athletic training together.
Q: How do I achieve a scholarship?
Q: Do scholarships pay for everything?
Head coaches of every university are looking for new players each year. Athletic and academic scholarships are awarded to Athletes who meet the school’s specific criteria.
Most scholarships pay for a portion of your tuition. This is why academics are so important. Academic scholarships can be added in addition to your athletic scholarships which brings you closer to the cost of full tuition. Depending on the athlete, you can receive a full scholarship but it is not common.
Q: Will I need a VISA?
Yes, once you are accepted to an American university, you will be issued a Non-immigrant VISA.
Q: What are SAT and ACT tests and how do I take them?
SAT and ACT tests are used by American universities to assess academic skills. These tests are administered frequently in various testing facilities throughout Europe. Some schools do not require international students to take these but it is a good idea if you have access to them.
Q: What is the difference between the leagues: Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA (JUCO)?
The NCAA “National Collegiate Athletic Association” houses three of university leagues. NCAA Division I is the largest and strongest division, in which the biggest universities play. NCAA Division II has smaller schools and the range and ability varies. NCAA Division III is the weakest division of the NCAA and consists mostly of smaller schools, but not necessarily. The NAIA is the “National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.” The level of performance is comparable to that of the NCAA Division II, although fewer sports are offered in the NAIA. Because the divisions are sorted according to factors other than performance, the strength of teams within the divisions varies considerably. All of the above leagues are very competitive. The NJCAA League is the “National Junior College Athletic Association,” also known as “JUCO” Junior College. The NJCAA is the national governing body for two-year college athletics, covering junior college and community colleges nationwide.
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