Athletic Scholarship Statistics

Everything you need to know about athletic scholarships

Receiving an athletic scholarship to play at the college level is the goal for many student-student-athletes. However, there are so many misconceptions about how scholarship offers work. College is by no means cheap, so understanding the details of scholarships and the roles they play is an important part of the process. 

Who can give an athletic scholarship?

A big misconception is that a full-ride will cover you for four years. Athletic scholarships are usually one-year agreements between the college and the athlete, although some can be multi-year. Scholarships are offered at the NCAA DI, DII, NAIA, and JUCO levels. Now that’s a lot of scholarships!

How much scholarship money can you get?

Over $3.1 billion annually are offered for DI and DII alone. However, it’s important to understand that most athletic scholarships are not full rides. Heres some important things you need to know.

Head count sports are always full rides. But they only include revenue sports

Equivalency sports most often hand out partial scholarships. It’s up to the coach to divide their money among athletes. That could mean they offer a full ride to one high-level recruit or it could mean they spread the money out among multiple athletes.

Can an athletic scholarship be taken away?

Losing an athletic scholarship is an unfortunate reality for a lot of college athletes. 

  • If you are injured, depending on the school you attend and whether it happened outside of games or practice, your scholarship can be taken away.
  • Coaches can decide not to renew your scholarship for the next year. This isn’t a case of the scholarship being “taken away” since they are typically only year-long contracts, but it can still come as a surprise to some. 
  • This one is short and simple. Academics. If you aren’t eligible to play the likelihood is your scholarship will be taken away.