University costs
in America

If you want to study in America, it's obviously useful to know how much it's going to cost.

The short answer is: It depends. There's a big difference in costs between universities.

On this page, you'll learn everything you need to know about the university costs in the U.S. and what you need to consider.

How much does it cost
to study in the USA?

For many young people, it's a dream to study in America, but when you look at the costs on an American university's website, it's quite a shock.

You may have seen amounts up to $85,000 per year. But what's the real story?

Not many people can just pay that much to study, yet many internationals go to study in America every year. How?

Keep reading, because here you'll learn everything about how the costs of an American university are structured, how scholarships can help cover the costs, alternative options like Junior College, how you can use student loan programs in America, and how you can earn extra money during this adventure.

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An overview of the university costs

The total cost to study and live at an American university is called the 'cost of attendance.' These total costs can range from $50,000 to $90,000 per year.

The following costs are included in the cost of attendance:


Covers the costs of classes & fees and is often calculated per credit hour or semester.


Provides accommodations, such as a dorm room or off-campus housing.


Offers a meal plan that includes a set number of meals per week, usable at campus cafeterias.


Helps cover the cost of textbooks and other required academic materials.


Provides health insurance to cover medical needs during your studies & sport.

is it really that expensive?

No, not really.

There are actually very few people who really pay that much. Most students and athletes who go to study in America receive a scholarship.

Since we guide athletes who want to play sports and study in America, we usually work with two types of scholarships: Sports and academic scholarships.

Read on to learn how scholarships can cover your university costs.

Sports Scholarships

To be able to play sports and study in America, you need to have talent in your sport. Whether it's soccer or hockey. Coaches want to add talented international players to their team and offer a sports scholarship for it.

These sports scholarships are usually expressed in percentages, between 0 and 100%.

For example, if a coach gives you a 70% scholarship, and the total cost of attendance is $50,000 per year, you now 'only' pay about $15,000 per year.

Still expensive, but often, a sports scholarship can be combined with an academic scholarship.

Sports scholarships

Academic Scholarships

Universities in America reward students with high grades or test scores. It varies by university, but if you have good grades, you often qualify for an academic scholarship.

This scholarship is added on top of the already awarded sports scholarship.

For example, if you have an average GPA of 3.5, and the university offers you a $7,000 academic scholarship for it, you can stack this on top of your 70% sports scholarship worth $35,000.

This means you receive a total scholarship package of $42,000 and pay $8,000 per year yourself.

Academic Scholarships

Which scholarships can I get?

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Can I Use Student Loans In America?

Short answer: Yes, you can.

However, as an international, you need to contact your government to learn about student loan programs to study abroad.

For example, if you are from the Netherlands you can use a program called DUO.

They will just check if the school and study program are acknowledged by the government, which it is in most cases. For Americans, you can use programs like FAFSA and other student loan programs.

Can I work in America?

Many students ask if they can work in America as a student to earn some extra money.

This is possible. However, you may not work outside the campus of the school in your first year. This means that you can take a job in the library, or in the gym of the university, but not in the local supermarket.

Keep in mind that you are going to America on an F1 student visa, and you are therefore a student in the country. There are strict rules about working on this visa.

Alternative Options

A commonly used option is a Junior College. A Junior College is a school where you follow a 2-year associate's program.

After those 2 years, you can then transfer to a university'. Studying at a Junior College is much cheaper than at a 'normal' university.

The total costs without a sports or academic scholarship are often around $15,000 per year.  This also includes housing and all other costs.

Note: For field hockey, a Junior College is not possible, as there are no hockey teams at these colleges.

Learn more about junior colleges

Can I work in America while I study here?

If you want to study and work in the United States, there are various options depending on the type of visa you have.

What are the Costs to Study in the USA?

Costs to study in the USA greatly vary by university and depend on several factors, including whether the school is public or private.


+31 sports

The name +31 Sports represents our Dutch roots (+31) and the sports in which our country excels globally.

Our goal is to guide our talents in these sports in a personal way throughout this process. You can expect a direct and personal approach from us, where we focus on what your ambitions are in this adventure.

With more than ten years of experience in soccer and hockey recruitment for America, we have built a network and expertise to ensure that our talents end up in the right place.

A picture of Lars & Christoph the founders of Plus31 Sports

The recruiting process

Navigating the journey to receiving a sports scholarship at an American University involves multiple steps that can seem overwhelming.

We're here 24/7 to guide you, ensuring you're noticed by coaches for the best scholarship opportunities, and handling all the necessary paperwork.

Discover more about navigating the recruiting process with us.

Our services

We understand everyone's journey to playing college sports in America is unique, which is why our approach is personalized.

Before starting the recruiting process, we offer a free evaluation of your opportunities to play college sports in America.

We offer different services to help our athletes. Explore our services to see how we can support your aspirations.

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