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Sports Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships and Financial Aid for Student Athletes

Sports Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships and Financial Aid for Student Athletes

February 14, 2014

Approximately 1% to 2% of undergraduate students in Bachelor’s degree programs receive athletic scholarships, a total of about $1 billion a year. Additional facts and figures concerning athletic scholarships may be found in the Backgrounder: Athletic Scholarships.

Of schools with a NCAA affiliation, only Division I and Division II schools may offer athletic scholarships. Division III schools — the most prestigious institutions — are precluded from offering athletic scholarships. Schools with other affiliations, such as NAIA, offer athletic scholarships according to the policies of the associations to which they belong.

The types of scholarships that may be offered include archery scholarships, baseball scholarships, basketball scholarships, crew scholarships, cross country scholarships, fencing scholarships, field hockey scholarships, football scholarships, golf scholarships, gymnastics scholarships, hockey scholarships, lacrosse scholarships, rifle scholarships, sailing scholarships, skiing scholarships, soccer scholarships, softball scholarships, swimming scholarships, tennis scholarships, track scholarships, volleyball scholarships, and wrestling scholarships.

Athletic Associations

NAIA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

NCAA National College Athletic Association
The NCAA site provides information about the recruiting process, including information about NCAA rules on academic eligibility and recruitment procedures. It also includes information about NCAA scholarship programs and financial aid for student-athletes, as well as school-administered athletic scholarships.

NCCAA National Christian College Athletic Association

NJCAA National Junior College Athletic Association

AAF Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles

NFSHSA National Federation of State High School Associations

WSF Women’s Sports Foundation

Sports Scholarship Sites

The following web sites are associated with sponsors of non-college-controlled sport scholarships:

Michigan High School Athletic Association
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme
U.S. Soccer Foundation Grants
Women’s Western Golf Association
Adaptive Athletic Scholarship


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