Undoubtedly one of the most confusing parts of the college recruiting process is the distribution of athletic scholarships. It varies from division to division, conference to conference and even school to school, leaving players and parents wondering what their chances are of receiving awards and assistance. Each athletic division is allotted a predetermined number of athletic scholarships to distribute how they see fit. The maximum amount of athletic scholarships awarded to each level of school is as follows:
NCAA Division I = 11.7
NCAA Division II = 9.0
Junior College - DI and DII = 24 DIII = 0
NCAA Division III = 0
NAIA = 12
What do these scholarship numbers mean? To put this in perspective let's take a look at DI schools and their scholarship allotment. Each DI school is allowed to have 35 players on their roster, 27 of those players will be awarded some type of scholarship and 8 will be recruited walk-ons. Being an invited walk-on has value as DI schools need them to fill out roster spots. Plus, if the walk-on does well enough, most schools will award walk-ons scholarships in future years.
These numbers represent the maximum amount that each level has to distribute. Each baseball program is different depending on the level of university support. Typically, the top conferences in the country are fully funded. Other conferences limit the number of scholarships each program has so that there is parity among schools. Some Division I schools, like those in the Ivy or Patriot Leagues, do not offer athletic scholarships at all.
Although DIII schools do not offer athletic scholarships there is still hope for those who are looking for ways to defer costs of tuition. Coaches at these schools can provide assistance with state and university grants as well as financial aid awards.
Keep in mind that in baseball a 30% scholarship offer is considered a major commitment on behalf of the college. Players also have the potential to earn scholarship raises throughout their college careers. This means that someone who starts off with a 25% athletic scholarship could be receiving a 75% athletic scholarship his senior year.
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