NCAA Athletic Scholarships

Number of NCAA Athletic Scholarships by Sport

You have worked hard in the field and in the classroom. Your parents have sacrificed time and money to help further your athletic career. You want a college athletic scholarship or possibly need one to pay for college. These figures represent the maximum amount of scholarships the NCAA says an institution is allowed to offer, not what is actually available at every school. In most cases, very few schools will be able to offer the maximum amount of scholarships for all the sports they support and in some cases individual college teams may be lucky to have one or two scholarship for the entire team. The only 3 sports where the maximum amount of athletic scholarships is guaranteed are Division 1 football, and men’s and women’s Division 1 basketball. Those three programs are what we call “fully funded.” The best path to success is often trying to receive a partial athletic scholarship along with academic scholarships and grants. This is why it is important to be a strong academic student with high grades and to apply to a variety of schools that potentially might offer you aid to come to their school.

See: What are my odds for an athletic scholarship?

NOTES:

Max number scholarship players on a D1 baseball roster cannot exceed 27 and minimum athletic scholarship is 25% per player.

Max number scholarship players on a D1 hockey roster cannot exceed 30 and minimum athletic scholarship is 25% per player.

Division 3 and Ivy League Schools do not and cannot offer athletic scholarships.

Division 1
Division 2
Baseball
11.7
9
Basketball
13
10
Cross Country/Track
12.6
12.6
Fencing
4.5
4.5
Football 1-A
85**
36
Football 1-AA
63
Golf
4.5
3.6
Gymnastics
6.3
5.4
Hockey
18
13.5
Lacrosse
12.6
10.8
Rifle
3.6
3.6
Skiing
6.3
6.3
Soccer
9.9
9
Swimming
9.9
8.1
Tennis
4.5
4.5
Volleyball
4.5
4.5
Waterpolo
4.5
4.5
Wrestling
9.9
9

** (maximum of 25 to new students each year)

Women’s available athletic scholarships for NCAA D1 & D2 by sport.

Division 1
Division 2
Archery
5
5
Badminton
6
8
Basketball
15
10
Bowling
5
5
Cross Country/Track
20
12.6
Fencing
5
4.5
Field Hockey
12
6.3
Golf
6
5.4
Gymnastics
12
6
Ice Hockey
18
18
Lacrosse
12
9.9
Rowing
20
20
Rugby
12
Skiing
7
6.3
Soccer
14
9.9
Softball
12
7.2
Squash
12
9
Swimming
14
8.1
Synchronized Swim.
5
5
Team Handball
10
12
Tennis
8
6
Volleyball
12
8
Waterpolo
8
8

NAIA Athletic Scholarships (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

Division 1
Division 2
Baseball
12
Basketball
11
6
Cross Country/Track
5
Football
24
Golf
5
Soccer
12
Softball
10
Swimming & Diving
8
Tennis
5
Track/Field/Cross Country
12
Volleyball
8
Wrestling
8

National Junior College Athletic Association Athletic Scholarships

The NJCAA schools are divided into 24 regions based on geography. In some sports, schools are divided the following classification based on athletic aid

JC Division I – Division I can give a maximum of tuition, fees, room, board, books and fees, as well as transportation to and from the college by direct route one time per academic year.
JC Division II – Division II is limited to a maximum of tuition, fees and books.
JC Division III – Division III provides no athletic related financial assistance.

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