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That's not true. Billet is paid for but I believe the NAHL charges a nominal fee (a few hundred $ a month). Heck, most hockey players eat a few hundred a month.
USHL is completely free, except the spending money you need to supply your kid on a weekly basis. the only other expense is if your kid doesn't want to use the free CCM skates or equipment, they can get Bauer at a 50% off cost.