NCAA's Three Divisions

Who is the NCAA? Nearly 1,100 colleges and universities in NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III collectively invest in improving the experiences of student-athletes and supporting their success on the field, in the classroom and for life. Why does the NCAA have divisions? The NCAA’s diver... Read more

Gambling on College Sports

Sidebar The FBI estimates more than $2.5 billion is wagered illegally every year on March Madness, exceeding the amount wagered on the Super Bowl. An increasing number of boys and girls are gambling before reaching high school and sports wagering is one of the typical entry points. Technol... Read more

How Do Athletics Scholarships Work?

Does the NCAA award athletics scholarships? Individual schools award athletics scholarships, which are partially supported through NCAA revenue distribution. Divisions I and II schools provide more than $2 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 126,000 student-athletes. Division II... Read more

NCAA March Madness: Filling the Division I Basketball Brackets

How about a quick overview of the process? The Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball championships each have 10-person selection committees responsible for overseeing all aspects of their events. The committees select and seed the teams by secret ballot before building the brackets. All three... Read more

NCAA Rules Enforcement: For the Good of the Game

Why does the NCAA have a rules enforcement process? The rules enforcement process is designed to ensure integrity and fair play among NCAA schools. Schools that abide by the rules should not be competitively disadvantaged. How does the NCAA find out that schools are breaking the rules? Some of the... Read more

The National Letter of Intent

What is a National Letter of Intent (NLI)? The NLI is a binding agreement between an NCAA school and a student-athlete in which the student-athlete agrees to attend the school for one year and the school agrees to provide financial aid to the student-athlete. The NLI is voluntary and prospective st... Read more

Student-Athlete Benefits

The NCAA funds many programs that directly support the educational, financial, and health and safety needs of student-athletes. The educational benefits include scholarship programs (including the Association-wide postgraduate scholarship program, now in its fifth decade), degree-completion grants a... Read more

Transfer Rules: Basic Guidelines

Why does the NCAA regulate transfer situations? Transfer rules safeguard the process and help student-athletes make rational decisions about the best place to earn an education and compete in their sport. Student-athletes who transfer are less likely to earn a degree than those who remain at their ... Read more

Student-Athlete Reinstatement

About Student-Athlete Reinstatement (SAR) SAR is a team within the NCAA's academic and membership affairs department. The SAR staff processes violations and waivers that directly affect the eligibility of a prospective student-athlete or an enrolled student-athlete. When an NCAA member school self-r... Read more

Where the money goes

More than 90 percent of the NCAA’s revenue goes to support student-athletes Student-athletes benefit from NCAA programs supporting leadership opportunities, internships, degree completion and postgraduate scholarships. In short, we put our money where our mission is. How can the NCAA be a nonpr... Read more
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