Field hockey scholarships

Are you a (international) field hockey player dreaming of playing in the USA?

American Universities offer great chances to study and play at the same time with field hockey scholarships.

We help you understand what they are, what they cover and how you can get one.

What Are Field Hockey Scholarships?

On this page, you already learned everything about playing college field hockey, but what about field hockey scholarships?

A field hockey scholarship is a financial contribution awarded to talented field hockey players to help reduce the costs of studying at a university in the USA.

For many international students, the idea of studying in the US is appealing, but the reality of university costs can be daunting. The total cost of attendance (tuition, housing, meals, etc.) can be up to $85,000 per year. Yes, that’s not a joke.

Field hockey scholarships in the USA therefore provide the opportunity for talented players to pursue their sport at a collegiate level while also receiving a quality education.

Looking for a field hockey scholarship in the USA?

Start now with a free evaluation of your opportunities.

Field hockey divisions I, II and II

As you may know already, college field hockey is offered at the NCAA Division I, II and II level.
Each division has its own set of rules regarding field hockey scholarships and its limits.

Below an overview:

Division I

This is the top tier, where competition is fiercest. Teams in DI can offer up to 12 field hockey scholarships.

Given that the average roster size is around 25 players, not everyone will receive a full scholarship.

Division II

While some see it as a step down, DII is still competitive and DII schools can offer up to 6.3 field hockey scholarships per team.

This means that it's even more rare to receive a full scholarship, as these teams also have 25 players on their roster on average.

Division III

DII takes a different approach. Instead of athletic scholarships, they offer academic scholarships.

This means if you're looking to play field hockey in D3 you can still get financial aid based on your academic achievements.

Why are international players coming to the US to play college field hockey?

The attraction of America for international female hockey players, who choose to play hockey and study there, is due to a combination of unique opportunities offered by the American college system.

Where is college field hockey played?

College field hockey in the United States is primarily played in states along the East Coast, but it's also prevalent in other regions.

Which costs are covered with a field hockey scholarship?

While the idea of a full scholarship – where everything is covered – sounds appealing, they are rare due to the limited number of scholarships and the high number of talented players. Most athletes receive partial scholarships, which cover a portion of the costs.

Below is an overview of the costs that a field hockey scholarship can cover.


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.

Academic scholarships

In addition to field hockey scholarships, you may also qualify for academic scholarships based on your GPA and SAT scores, or even receive need-based financial aid.

These academic scholarships can complement your athletic scholarship, potentially covering additional expenses and further reducing your financial burden.

Academic scholarships are contingent upon maintaining certain academic standards throughout your college tenure.

Do I qualify for a field hockey scholarship?

Determining eligibility for a college field hockey scholarship involves a comprehensive assessment of multiple critical factors.

Understanding your specific athletic and academic aspirations is crucial as we navigate the variety of competition levels and educational options

Before we start the recruiting process together, we conduct a thorough evaluation based on the key factors below to map out your potential and prepare you for what you can expect.

FIeld Hockey level

Your field hockey level is arguably the most important factor to determine whether or not you qualify for a field hockey scholarship. College coaches only recruit top international players to their programs.

We can help evaluate which Division is a good fit for you.

Academic background

To be able to play college field hockey, you need to maintain a GPA of at least 2.3. It's also important that you graduate with your high school degree.

In addition, you may need to take certain tests like the SAT or English proficiency tests. These results also impact your chances.


Full scholarships are rare and are only reserved for the absolute top athletes.

Based on your hockey level and academic background we can give you a good idea of what scholarship offers you can expect.

This way you're prepared before getting started.

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We can determine if you qualify for a field hockey scholarship based on your athletic and academic profile.

How can I get a Field Hockey scholarship?

If you want to obtain a field hockey scholarship it's essential to receive the right guidance and support.

With our years of expertise and extensive network, we lead you effectively through the college field hockey recruiting process that consists of the following steps:

Step 1

Intake & 

Step 2

Recruiting Profile & 
Highlight Video

Step 3

to Coaches

Step 4

Scholarship Offers & Decision Making

Step 5

Support with Paperwork and Preparations


+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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