How We Support College Athletes


Academic Services

More than 8 in 10 student-athletes at Division I schools earn bachelor’s degrees. That is their highest rate ever and higher than the rate for the general student body.

NCAA schools help student-athletes succeed in the classroom by providing state-of-the-art technology, tutoring and access to academic advisers.

Since 2004, more than 15,000 former college athletes in Division I have returned to campus to complete their degrees. The NCAA offers a degree-completion program, and schools can fund additional scholarships to help former athletes graduate.



Opportunities and Experiences

Each year, the NCAA funds 90 championships in 24 sports, including paying for almost 14 million miles of travel to get athletes to the competitions.

More than 90 percent of former student-athletes surveyed 10 years after finishing their eligibility reported they were satisfied with their overall college experience.



Financial Assistance

NCAA schools award more than $3.2 billion in athletic scholarships every year to more than 175,000 student-athletes.

The NCAA finances a Student Assistance Fund of more than $80 million each year to help Division I athletes with essential needs, from flying home for a family emergency to buying a winter coat.



Wellness and Insurance

The NCAA’s Sport Science Institute promotes health and safety through research and training on concussions, overuse injuries, drug testing, mental health, sexual assault and more.

The NCAA funds an insurance policy covering all college athletes who experience catastrophic injuries while playing or practicing their sport – providing up to $20 million in lifetime insurance benefits.

To support the nutritional needs of student-athletes, Divisions I and II schools can provide unlimited meals. Some schools have nutritionists and other health professionals to work with players.



Personal and Professional Development

The NCAA offers education and training programs, such as the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum and Career in Sports Forum, which are designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of college athletes.

The NCAA After The Game Career Center connects former student-athletes with career-seeking advice and job postings for various industries and levels of experience.



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