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Attending University in the United Kingdom: The FAFSA Process

January 15, 2024

At the International Development Academy, we offer several academic opportunities for those looking to continue their undergraduate education. At our UK academy in Reading, England, our players have access to the University of Reading, to study on an award-winning campus steeped in over 150 years of history. 

IDA student-athletes will be able to have flexible class-schedules and be encouraged to prioritize both their athletes and academics. With a wide-range of options, our players have the ability to pursue a degree that they are not only interested in, but can make a living from once their soccer career has come to an end. Combining a high-class European soccer experience and top-level education prepares our players for what comes next in their lives. 

There are many benefits to studying abroad that our student-athletes have the opportunity to take advantage of. It is a great chance to experience new places and cultures, make new friends and learn skills such as learning a new language, gain perspective on the world, and gain invaluable life experience. 

With furthering education comes cost-implications. For our US players who want to study and play abroad, FAFSA is a great way to seek financial aid. University of Reading is among the eligible universities to participate in FAFSA. For an undergraduate degree, you will be eligible to receive funding via a direct subsidized loan or a direct unsubsidized loan. 

Student-athletes may want to study abroad for a single semester or get their entire degree from a school outside of the US. With both situations, FAFSA is a great place to start when seeking financial aid. It is important that you start the process early, as getting things processed for an abroad school takes longer than a domestic university. It is also crucial to compile and complete a checklist of things needed for both our abroad academies and studying abroad such as a passport, visa, insurance, etc. You can read more about receiving international financial aid here and apply for FAFSA here.

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