Basketball Scholarships 101

(See information on NCAA Eligibility and Recruitment here. http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA_EMS.html?test=1#)

NCAA – Division 1

  • Men – Up to 13 full scholarships per team. A program may not fully fund all 13 scholarships(i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Women – Up to 15 full scholarships per team. A program may not fully fund all 15 scholarships (i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Average team size: Men – 15 players; Women – 16 players.

NCAA-Division II

  • Men – Up to 10 full scholarships per team; partial scholarships may be awarded (i.e., full rides are rare). A program may not fully fund all 10 scholarships (i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Women – Up to 10 full scholarships per team; partial scholarships may be awarded (i.e., full rides are rare). A program may not fully fund all 10 scholarships (i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Average team size: Men – 17 players; Women – 15 players.

NCAA – Division III

  • Division III programs cannot award athletic-based aid.
  • Must rely on academic scholarships or other non-athletic based sources of funding.
  • Average team size: Men – 18 players; Women – 15 players.

NAIA I

  • Men – Up to 11 full scholarships per team; partial scholarships may be awarded (i.e., full rides are rare). A program may not fully fund all 11 scholarships (i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Women – Up to 11 full scholarships per team; partial scholarships may be awarded (i.e., full rides are rare). A program may not fully fund all 11 scholarships (i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Average team size: Men – 18 players; Women – 16 players.

NAIA II

  • Men – Up to 6 full scholarships per team; partial scholarships may be awarded (i.e., full rides are rare). A program may not fully fund all 6 scholarships (i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Women – Up to 6 full scholarships per team; partial scholarships may be awarded (i.e., full rides are rare). A program may not fully fund all 6 scholarships (i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Average team size: Men – 19 players; Women – 17 players.

NJCAA – Junior College (JUCO)

  • Men – Up to 15 full scholarships per team. A program may not fully fund all 15 scholarships(i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Women – Up to 15 full scholarships per team. A program may not fully fund all 15 scholarships (i.e., leave some scholarships unused due to lack of funding).
  • Average team size: Men – 15 players; Women – 13 players.

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