A great option for students looking to finance their education with 'free' money is scholarships, which are financial gifts that do not need to be paid back.
Athletic scholarships in particular offer a valuable opportunity to students with athletic skills hoping to earn a degree at a discounted rate and continue their athletic careers.
Each year, thousands of students earn financial assistance for college through athletic scholarships, while also enjoying the competition of college athletics in sports like baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, track, cross country, swimming, gymnastics, and more.
It is estimated that more than 600 colleges across the country offer athletic scholarships to prospective student athletes. While some students receive full athletic scholarships and some partial athletic scholarships, others are offered and accept a wide variety of unique scholarships and financial aid related to athletics.
For students with acceptable grades, quality ACT or SAT scores, and the talent to compete in college athletics, many coaches, programs and colleges can offer valuable financial assistance.
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There are three primary national collegiate athletic organizations that represent college and university members and provide eligibility rules and bylaws for both competition and recruiting: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Athletic scholarships typically fall into one of two categories: full scholarships and partial scholarships. These classifications are completely dependent on the schools themselves, with the athletic organizations showing little oversight. In the NCAA it is estimated that nearly 125,000 student athletes are currently receiving full or partial athletic scholarships. In general, full scholarships include tuition, books, transportation, room and board, and other living expenses. Partial scholarships, on the other hand, typically cover specific portions of such expenses.
The most mainstream, and thus most competitive, athletic awards are NCAA scholarships.. Accordingly, there are a vast array of scholarship opportunities that go under-advertised for student athletes for schools in the NAIA and the NJCAA.