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AASP Grants for Schools

As part of the AASP, the NCAA offers grants to eligible schools to assist in creating programming and systems that will further academic success.

There are two tiers of grant funding for eligible schools — comprehensive grants (multiyear) and initiatives grants (single year). As of August 2016, the program has funded 47 grants:

  • 16 comprehensive grants.
  • 31 initiatives grants (21 in 2014-15; three in 2015-16; seven in 2016-17).

When choosing grant winners, the AASP selection committee considers various criteria, including presidential oversight, involvement of key staff, goals identified by the school, the school’s ability to match grant funds, demonstrated sustainability of the initiative, the school’s history in the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program and the school’s infractions history.

For more information, download the AASP grant application brochure.

Comprehensive grants (multiyear)

To be eligible for a multiyear comprehensive grant, a school must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Football Championship Subdivision or nonfootball school.
  • Be among the bottom 10 percent of active Division I schools from a resource standpoint, as determined by per capita school expenditures, per capita athletics department funding and per capita Pell Grant aid for the student body.

OR

  • Be a member of a conference in which 60 percent of the schools are among the bottom 10 percent of active Division I members from a resource standpoint.

Recipients may receive a maximum of $300,000 of funding per year for three years (subject to a yearly renewal assessment), for a total of $900,000.

Previous grant winners have used the funds for:

  • Summer bridge and mentoring/tutoring programs.
  • Summer financial aid.
  • Additional academic staff.
  • Technology needs.

Initiatives grants (single year)

In 2014, the AASP combined with the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program Supplemental Support Fund, which had provided single-year grants to schools since 2007.

To be eligible for a single-year initiatives grant, a school must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an FCS or nonfootball school.
  • Be among the bottom 10 percent of active Division I schools from a resource standpoint, as determined by per capita school expenditures, per capita athletics department funding and per capita Pell Grant aid for the student body.

OR

  • Be a member of a conference in which 60 percent of the schools are among the bottom 10 percent of active Division I members from a resource standpoint.

AND

OR

  • Have three athletics teams below a 930 Academic Progress Rate AND have not been subject to Level II and III Academic Performance Program penalties during the past two Academic Progress Rate years.

Recipients may receive a maximum of $100,000 for one year.

Examples of previous programs implemented as part of an initiatives grant:

  • Academic facility enhancements.
  • Technology upgrades (laptops, Wi-Fi on buses, Wi-Fi hot spots).
  • Student-athlete career development.
  • Part-time staffing (graduate assistants and tutors).
Sample AASP Comprehensive Grant Applications
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The NCAA provides support for schools as they work to meet the NCAA’s academic standards via the Accelerating Academic Success Program, which assists Division I schools as they develop programs and systems designed to increase graduation rates and ensure academic success.

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