Is an athletic scholarship the same thing as a National Letter of Intent?

No, but they are often confused with each other. By signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI), a future NCAA student-athlete ends the recruiting process with all other NLI institutions and commits to a school for one year. In return, the student-athlete is guaranteed a one-year scholarship from that school. The NLI seeks to limit recruiting pressure but signing one is not a required step to earning an athletic scholarship.

Do many high school athletes earn athletics scholarships?

Very few in fact. According to recent statistics, about 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. That is why getting the most exposure possible will help you be in the best possible situation.

Can student-athletes receive other, non-athletic financial aid?

Yes. Thousands of student-athletes benefit from academic scholarships and need-based aid, such as federal Pell Grants. In addition, there is money available from the NCAA’s own Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund. Sometimes student-athletes cannot accept certain types of aid because of NCAA amateurism or financial aid requirements. Student-athletes and parents with questions on additional financial aid should check with their athletic department or college financial aid office.

What do athletics scholarships cover?

Division I and II institutions are permitted to provide a student-athlete with tuition and fees, room, board and required course-related books.

Is an athletic scholarship guaranteed for four years?

At a minimum, an athletic scholarship must be a one academic year agreement. In Division I, institutions are permitted to offer multiyear scholarships. Athletic scholarships may be renewed and the school must notify the student-athlete in writing by July 1st whether the athletic scholarship will be renewed for the next academic year. Individual schools have appeal policies for scholarships that are reduced or not renewed. In most cases, the coach decides who gets a scholarship, what it covers and whether it will be renewed.

International students

When does the semester start?

It depends, most institutions in the USA operate by semesters and have two of them: the Fall semester beginning in August, and the Spring semester beginning in January. Other institutions operate by quarters but they actually divide the school year in 3 blocks: Fall quarter: from late September to mid-December. Winter quarter: from early January to mid-March. Spring quarter: from early April to early June.

How do I get the visa?

The student must apply to the institution, once he/she has been officially accepted, the institution will issue an I-20 which the student will take to the US Embassy along with the rest of the requirements, such as bank a statement supporting the student’s family has the means to support their son/daughter in the US. During this interview the US Embassy will issue your new F-1 Visa and you will be able to attend to college in the US

How long does the application process take?

There is not an exact timeframe for this process, however; international students are encouraged to begin the admissions process no later than 60 days prior to the start of classes for the semester for which they are applying. Students must leave room for error. Starting this process with several time in advance, will allow you to better prepare yourself for a Visa interview and also will allow you to get a ticket with far more time in advance which will save you a lot of money.

How much scholarship will I get?

It is important for international athletes to understand that The Prospect Farm DOES NOT provide the scholarships, nor do we negotiate them. We provide you with the exposure that you need to be in the best position possible to get a scholarship. Scholarships are up to the Coaches; they will assess the athlete’s academic and athletic history with the profile we provide and will make a decision based on his needs and his budget. In some cases a coach might think very highly of an athlete but does not have the money available for him, or the need for him. That is why The Prospect Farm gives you the opportunity to be seen by hundreds of other coaches, so that you have more than one option.

Do schools pay the flight to the USA?

NO. Schools have nothing to do with the athletes personal flight expenses. The athlete must buy his/her own ticket to come to school and go back home if he/she chooses to do so.

Do I need a Toefl and SAT?

Yes. About 98 percent of the institutions require TOEFL (test of English as a foreign language) to be admitted, however; some universities offer ESL (English as a second language) classes in which case, the athlete will not be required to have the TOEFL.

SAT is required for NCAA institutions; on the other hand, SAT is not required by NJCAA, and some NAIA institutions. Taking this exam and getting a good grade, will not provide you with a better chance for a scholarship. Nonetheless, it will allow you to get recruited by all universities and not just the ones that require a low or no SAT score.

What is the difference between Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges?

Colleges only offer and focus on undergraduate programs. They may be smaller than universities because they only offer undergraduate degrees (think Bachelor’s degrees)

Universities, on the other hand, usually offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. They can include Master’s programs and Ph.D. programs as well as graduate schools, like law schools and medical schools

Community College, are two year institutions in which you can get an Associates Degree, and after a student athlete does so, him/her can transfer to a 4 year institution and complete his/her bachelor degree.