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.



*Numbers are from the 2015-2016 fiscal year and are unaudited. Numbers are listed in millions.


Sport Sponsorship and Scholarship Funds

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

Division I Basketball 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.

Division I Championships

Includes support for team travel, food and lodging.

Student Assistance Fund

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

Student-Athlete Services

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

Academic Enhancement Fund

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

Division II Allocation

Funds championships, grants and other Division II initiatives.

Membership Support Services

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

Division III Allocation

Funds championships, grants and other Division III initiatives.

Supplemental Division I Distribution

A discretionary distribution to Division I schools approved by the NCAA Board of Governors.

Division I Conference Grants

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

Educational Programs

Supports various educational services for members, including the Women Coaches Academy, the Emerging Leaders Seminars and the Pathway Program.

Other Association-Wide Expenses

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

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.




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


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 the College World Series®.

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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