How Many Scholarships Can a Program Give?
Monday, October 29, 2012  |  In Recruiting Tips

The answer to this questions is different at every level of college basketball.  Today we will take a look at the different levels of NCAA institutions.

NCAA Division I

For the nearly 400 NCAA Division I college baketball programs, the NCAA allows 13 full basketball scholarships.  That means that nearly every player you see on a Division I roster is on a full athletic scholarship.

NCAA Division II

The NCAA allows Division II college basketball programs to have a maximium of 10 full scholarships and many programs do not have the budget to produce all10 scholarships.  There are dozens of examples at Division II of programs using 5-8 scholarships that are split up between 10-15 team members.  What usually happens in a situation when a full scholarship is not available is that the potential student-athlete will go through the financial aid process as a normal student would and earn merit money based on their academic resume and then athletic aid would be applied to complete the financial aid process.  

This makes it extremely important to make sure your academics are in order to be the most attractive you can possibly be to a Division II program.    If Player A and Player B are comparable prospects and Player A is going to cost a coach 5% of his scholarship budget and Player B is going to cost 10% of the budget, Player A will earn that spot nearly every time.

NCAA Division III

The NCAA does not allow athletic financial aid to be given to NCAA Division III student-athletes.  But do not let this scare you away from the NCAA Division III level.  While some schools may have a very high price tag, many Division III schools have extremely large financial endowments and are able to construct a financial aid package that is very attractive to potential student-athletes and their families.  A combination of need-based and merit-based financial aid is usually used to determine the final cost of attending an NCAA Division III institution.

As a result, it is important to put together the best possible academic resume and be as attractive as possible to a college admissions department.

Tomorrow we will take a look at the scholarship opportunities at the NAIA and NJCAA (Junior College) level.

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