Where Does The Money Go?

The NCAA receives most of its annual revenue from two sources. That money is distributed in more than a dozen ways – almost all of which directly support NCAA schools, conferences and nearly half a million student-athletes.

 

 

WHERE IT COMES FROM

Who Is Supported

Student-athletes are at the heart of the NCAA’s mission.

HOW IT'S DISTRIBUTED

$210.8M
Sport Sponsorship and Scholarship Funds

Distributed to Division I schools to help fund NCAA sports and provide scholarships for college athletes.

$160.5M
Division I Basketball Performance Fund

Distributed to Division I conferences and independent schools based on their performance in the men’s basketball tournament over a six-year rolling period. The money is used to fund NCAA sports and provide scholarships for college athletes.

$96.7M
Division I Championships

Provides college athletes the opportunity to compete for a championship and includes support for team travel, food and lodging.

 
$82.2M
Student Assistance Fund

Distributed to Division I student-athletes for essential needs that arise during their time in college.

$71.8M
Student-Athlete Services

Includes funding for catastrophic injury insurance, drug testing, student-athlete leadership programs, postgraduate scholarships and additional Association-wide championships support.

$50.3M
Division I Equal Conference Fund

Distributed equally among Division I basketball-playing conferences that meet athletic and academic standards to play in the men's basketball tournament. The money is used to fund NCAA sports and provide scholarships for college athletes.

 
$46.7M
Academic Enhancement Fund

Distributed to Division I schools to assist with academic programs and services.

$42.3M
Division II Allocation

Funds championships, grants and other initiatives for Division II college athletes.

$39.6M
Membership Support Services

Covers costs related to NCAA governance committees and the annual NCAA Convention.

 
$28.2M
Division III Allocation

Funds championships, grants and other initiatives for Division III college athletes.

$9.5M
Division I Conference Grants

Distributed to Division I conferences for programs that enhance officiating, compliance, minority opportunities and more.

$3.3M
Educational Programs

Supports varous educational services for members to help prepare student-athletes for life, including the Women Coaches Academy, the Emerging Leaders Seminars and the Pathway Program.

 
$74.3M
Other Association-Wide Expenses

Includes support for Association-wide legal services, communications and business insurance.

$39.7M
General and Administrative Expenses

Funds the day-to-day operations of the NCAA national office, including administrative and financial services, information technology and facilities management.

 
Academic Distribution

Beginning in 2019-20, a portion of NCAA revenue will be distributed to Division I schools based on their student-athletes’ academic performance.

The distributions listed are recurring, and the information does not include any one-time distributions.

More on NCAA finances.

 

*Figures are from the 2016-2017 fiscal year and are unaudited. The distributions listed are recurring, and the information does not include any one-time distributions.

 

Did You Know?

Of 90 NCAA championships, only five (all in Division I) generate at least as much money as they cost to run: men’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, wrestling and baseball.

The Division I College Football Playoff and bowl games are independently operated, and the NCAA does not receive revenue from these events.

 

 

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