How Expensive is Studying in America? An Overview of the Costs
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. In this article, I'll delve deeper and give you an overview of everything you need to consider.
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 today 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
How you can earn extra money during this adventure
An Overview of the Costs at an American University
The costs vary greatly depending on the university. You have to deal with the difference between 'public' and 'private' schools, but also what is included.
The total cost to study and live at an American university is called the 'cost of attendance.' The following costs are included in the cost of attendance:
Tuition and Fees
In the following table, I've made a comparison between a 'private' school, Syracuse University, and a 'public' school, Ohio State University.
Yes, that's quite a shock. According to this table, it costs almost $85,000 to study at Syracuse and $57,000 for Ohio State.
Note: This is PER YEAR.
So 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.
How Can Scholarships Cover My Costs?
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.
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, the costs for Ohio State University would now be about $16,000 per year.
Still expensive, but often, a sports scholarship can be combined with an academic scholarship.
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. The academic scholarship is often expressed in hard dollars.
For example, if you have an average GPA of 3.0, and the university offers you a $7,000 scholarship for it, you would now 'only' pay $9,000 per year to study at Ohio State University.
How Do I Know Which Scholarship I Can Get?
This is a good question. And to be honest, the easiest way to find out is to just schedule a conversation with us for a free evaluation.
In a conversation, we can then explain exactly your possibilities.
In the example above, I assumed for convenience a NCAA Division 1 university. However, there are many other universities at other sports levels, where the costs are lower.
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.
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, I was able to use a program called DUO in the Netherlands. 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.