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What you should know about athletic scholarships


Scholarship Info by Sport 

Earning a college athletic scholarship is not easy.  It takes more than just talent.

Good grades, patience, persistence, hard work and being proactive during the recruiting process are essential. Many high school students and their parents spend a great amount of money and time pursuing schools that are not a good match athletically, academically, socially or even financially. Understanding the recruiting process, and the implications of all factors, is essential for any high school athlete seeking a chance to play in college.

There are many opportunities to play sports in college, but fewer athletic scholarships. No matter the level, the student athlete should be sure the schools that he or she is pursuing are a fit in all regards. The Playced Scholarship Matching Engine compares your athletic and academic abilities with the needs and requirements of every college in the country and determines the colleges where you have the best chance to earn a scholarship.  There is nothing else like it in the industry!  

After you have a focused list of schools to pursue, our recruiting coaches will help you through the process every step of the way.  Check out the information below.  It should be obvious why you might want some help!


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For information on scholarship opportunities, select your college sport below:

DivisionTeamsScholarships
NCAA FBS Division I 129 85
NCAA FCS Division I 125 63
NCAA Division II 171 36
NCAA Division III 248 0
NAIA 86 24
Junior Colleges 140 85
You should know:

Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) football has the highest number of scholarship players of any college sport and the NCAA allows football teams to add up to 25 new scholarship players to the roster every academic year. For teams in Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) scholarships are limited to an amount equal to 63 full scholarships, but FCS schools are allowed to award partial scholarships as long as the total number of “counters” does not exceed 85. Division II schools can award partial scholarships and are limited to an amount equal to 36 full scholarships. All NAIA sports are equivalency sports whereas all Junior Colleges sports are headcount sports for scholarship limits. While Division I, II, NAIA and Junior Colleges offer football scholarships, Division III does not, but they do provide other financial aid/merit opportunities.

DivisionTeamsAverage
Roster Size
Scholarships
NCAA Division I 299 35 11.7
NCAA Division II 274 38 9
NCAA Division III 387 34 0
NAIA 184 38 12
Junior Colleges 512 30 24
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Baseball is an equivalency sport for NCAA and NAIA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships are the norm at an average of less than $10,000 per year. There are 11.7 scholarships per team at the Division I level to be split among no more than 27 players. There are 9 scholarships per team at the Division II level and 12 for NAIA schools. Division III schools do not offer baseball scholarships.

DivisionTeamsAverage
Roster Size
Scholarships
NCAA Division I 351 16 13
NCAA Division II 313 17 10
NCAA Division III 424 18 0
NAIA 228 19 10
Junior Colleges 430 21 15
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Division I basketball is a headcount sport, so the athletic scholarship limits of 13 for men and 15 for women are absolutes. Division II is an equivalency sport and partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the limit per school. All NAIA sports are equivalency sports, whereas all Junior College sports are head count sports for scholarship limits. While Division I, II, NAIA, and Junior Colleges offer athletic scholarships, Division III does not, but they do provide other financial aid/merit opportunities.

DivisionTeamsAverage
Roster Size
Scholarships
NCAA Division I 349 15 15
NCAA Division II 314 16 10
NCAA Division III 442 15 0
NAIA 224 16 8.5
Junior Colleges 398 13 15
You should know:

Division I basketball is a headcount sport, so the athletic scholarship limits of 13 for men and 15 for women are absolutes. Division II is an equivalency sport and partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the limit per school. All NAIA sports are equivalency sports, whereas all Junior College sports are head count sports for scholarship limits. While Division I, II, NAIA, and Junior Colleges offer athletic scholarships, Division III does not, but they do provide other financial aid/merit opportunities.

DivisionTeamsAverage
Roster Size
Scholarships
NCAA Division I 205 28 9.9
NCAA Division II 211 29 9
NCAA Division III 412 29 0
NAIA 188 27 12
Junior Colleges 215 23 18
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Soccer is an equivalency sport for NCAA and NAIA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships are the norm at an average of less than $10,000 per year. There are 9.9 scholarships for each men’s team and 14 scholarships for each women’s team at the Division I level to be split among 27-29 players. There are 9 mean’s scholarships and 9.9 women’s scholarships available at the Division II level and 12 scholarships for both men and women at NAIA schools. While Division I, II, and NAIA offer athletic scholarships, Division III does not, but they do provide other financial aid/merit opportunities.

DivisionTeamsAverage
Roster Size
Scholarships
NCAA Division I 332 27 14
NCAA Division II 263 26 9.9
NCAA Division III 438 24 0
NAIA 192 23 12
Junior Colleges 187 28 18
You should know:

Soccer is an equivalency sport for NCAA and NAIA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships are the norm at an average of less than $10,000 per year. There are 9.9 scholarships for each men’s team and 14 scholarships for each women’s team at the Division I level to be split among 27-29 players. There are 9 mean’s scholarships and 9.9 women’s scholarships available at the Division II level and 12 scholarships for both men and women at NAIA schools. While Division I, II, and NAIA offer athletic scholarships, Division III does not, but they do provide other financial aid/merit opportunities.

DivisionTeamsAverage
Roster Size
Scholarships
NCAA Division I 295 21 12
NCAA Division II 295 20 7.2
NCAA Division III 414 18 0
NAIA 188 21 10
Junior Colleges 350 15 24
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Softball is an equivalency sport for NCAA and NAIA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships are the norm at an average of less than $10,000 per year. There are 12 scholarships per team at the Division I level to be split among approximately 22 players. There are 7 scholarships per team at the Division II level and 10 for NAIA schools. Division III schools do not offer softball scholarships, but they do provide other financial aid/merit opportunities.

DivisionTeamsAverage
Roster Size
Scholarships
NCAA Division I 334 16 12
NCAA Division II 302 16 8
NCAA Division III 433 16 0
NAIA 214 18 8
Junior Colleges 307 12 14
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NCAA Division I schools offer full scholarships in volleyball. NCAA Division II and NAIA colleges typically offer partial scholarships. While Division I, II, and NAIA offer athletic scholarships, Division III does not, but they do provide other financial aid/merit opportunities.

For information on how coaches evaluate talent and how college budget is a factor, select your sport below:

ATHLETIC FACTORSFAMILY BUDGET
In football, a player’s athletic abilities are measured by speed, agility, strength and fundamentals. Relevant statistics include height, weight, strength, 40 time and agility tests. Not all scholarships include “full rides.” It is important to understand that NCAA Division I football programs offer full scholarships, but NCAA Division II and NAIA generally offer partial football scholarships. NCAA Division III do not offer football scholarships. Remember that there is more than just the cost of tuition to consider (room, board, books, fees, etc.).
ATHLETIC FACTORSFAMILY BUDGET
In baseball, a positional player’s abilities are measured by arm strength, speed, power, batting average and defense. Pitchers are graded on velocity, movement, control and potential. Because baseball is an equivalency sport, generally programs award only partial scholarships. More often than not a family’s college budget is critical in determining which schools to consider. Playced automatically adjusts your list of colleges based on financial considerations.
ATHLETIC FACTORSFAMILY BUDGET
In basketball, athletic abilities are measured by speed, agility, offensive skills and fundamentals. Relevant statistics include height, strength, scoring average, assists, steals, shooting percentage and rebounds per game. Since only NCAA Division I basketball programs offer full scholarships, it is important to consider the cost of attending a NCAA Division II, III, or NAIA school. Playced automatically adjusts your list of colleges based on financial considerations.
ATHLETIC FACTORSFAMILY BUDGET
In soccer, a player’s athletic abilities are measured by speed, quickness, agility, and some statistics. Because soccer is an equivalency sport, generally programs award only partial scholarships. More often than not, a family’s college budget is critical in determining which schools to consider. Playced automatically adjusts your list of colleges based on financial considerations.
ATHLETIC FACTORSFAMILY BUDGET
In softball, a positional player’s athletic abilities are measured by arm strength, speed, power, batting average and defense. Pitchers are graded on velocity, movement, control, and potential. Because softball is an equivalency sport, generally programs award only partial scholarships. More often than not, a family’s college budget is critical in determining which schools to consider. Playced automatically adjusts your list of colleges based on financial considerations.
ATHLETIC FACTORSFAMILY BUDGET
In volleyball, a player’s athletic abilities are measured by height, vertical leap, and experience among others. Since only NCAA Division I and NAIA volleyball programs offer full scholarships, it is important to consider the cost of attending a NCAA Division II or III school. Playced automatically adjusts your list of colleges based on financial considerations.



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