How We Support College Athletes


Financial Assistance

 NCAA school award nearly $3.5 billion in athletic scholarships every year to more than 180,000 student-athletes, and many of those scholarships are guaranteed regardless of athletic performance or injury.

 Many NCAA Division I schools offer cost of attendance so student-athletes can recieve funds to help with additinal college costs not covered by a scholarship.

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 The NCAA Finances a Student Assistance Fund of more than $87 million to help Division I Athletes with essential needs, from flying home for a family emergency to buying a winter coat.


Student-Athlete Voice

 Student-Athletes lead in every division through advisory committees and the campus, conference and national levels.

 Student-athletes in all divisions serve and vote on NCAA Committees.

 Leadership programs help student-athletes find their voices and enact change.


Wellness and Insurance

 The NCAA 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.


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


Academic Services

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

 Resulting from academic reforms, more than 17,500 former college athletes in Division I have returned to campus to complete their degrees since 2004. The NCAA also offers a degree-completion program, and schools can fund additional scholarships to help former athletes graduate.

 Student-athletes are graduating at rates higher than the student body, and in Division I, more than 8 in 10 student-athletes are earning bachelor’s degrees, their highest rate ever.


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.