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Student Athletes - NCAA, NAIS, and NJCAA

NCAA and NAIS - Know the Difference! 


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), are two separate governing bodies of college athletics. The NCAA is the governing body for around 1200 schools. It consists of three divisions (Division I, II, and III) and oversees 23 sports. Divisions I and II both offer athletic scholarships, with over 126,000 student-athletes receiving partial or full athletic scholarships. However, Division III student-athletes can only receive academic or non-athletic scholarships – no athletic scholarships are allowed. Each year, the NCAA hands out about $1 billion in athletic scholarships, with the rest coming from the individual school.

Conversely, the NAIA consists of 300 schools and 13 sports. The NAIA is a smaller association than the NCAA, with just over 60,000 students. It includes two divisions (Division I and II) and Division I in the NAIA is comparable to Division II in the NCAA. Over 90% of schools in the NAIA offer scholarships, and NAIA athletes receive an average of $7,000 of financial aid. However, it is impossible to say how many athletes receive scholarships because the NAIA does not have a central database like the NCAA.

NCAA eligibility - Division I or II in college. Students first must register online and then have your transcript sent to the Clearinghouse. - https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/

CoreCourse GPA - http://www.clearinghousecalculator.org/login.php

By using this tool, student athletes, parents, and coaches can easily track academic progress towards meeting NCAA eligibility requirements for Division I and II. (See step by step letter for parents/students below on how to set up your account for free as well as the minimum standards for eligibility.)

NAIA eligibility - http://www.playnaia.org/

NJCAA - 2 year college. - http://www.njcaa.org/eligibility/eligibility_rules