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Where the Money Goes

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.

NCAA's Three Divisions

More than 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.

Gambling on College Sports

An increasing number of boys and girls are gambling before reaching high school and sports wagering is one of the typical entry points.

March Madness: Filling the Division I Basketball Brackets

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 tasks are done according to established principles and procedures.

NCAA Rules Enforcement: For the Good of the Game

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.

The National Letter of Intent

The National Letter of Intent (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 student-athletes do not have to participate to play sports or receive financial aid.

Student-Athlete Reinstatement

Student-Athlete Reinstatement (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.