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So how much money is really out there for athletic scholarships? The number may astound you, but keep in mind that this is divided among tens of thousands of athletes:
NCAA Division I and II schools offer athletic scholarships. Division III schools offer academic scholarships only. NCAA members provide more than $1.5 billion in athletics scholarships annually.
NAIA members provide more than 60,000 student-athletes with opportunities to play college sports, earning $500 million in scholarships.
If you read my previous post, you saw how these dollars are divided by sport. And in most cases, the scholarships are not full rides. However, student-athletes can combine athletic scholarships with other grants. As stated by the NCAA:
“Thousands of student-athletes benefit from academic scholarships and need-based aid, such as federal Pell Grants. In addition, there is money available from the NCAA’s own Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund. Sometimes student-athletes cannot accept certain types of aid because of NCAA amateurism or financial aid requirements. Student-athletes and parents with questions on additional financial aid should check with their athletic department or college financial aid office.”
Although just a small number of high school athletes receive college athletic scholarships, one of the main reasons is that they do not pursue one. Most likely because they do not know how. I’m saddened by the number of student-athletes who deserve athletic scholarships but don’t know where to begin. That’s why we exist at Recruit-Me. We come alongside families to walk them through the process, all the way to choosing which scholarship to accept.
The lesson here is not to be so narrowly focused. Yes, pursue the athletic scholarship. However, if you’re not in a head count sport, you’ll need other sources of funding to round out paying for college.