College Scholarships

Eligible student-athletes receive more than $500 million in college scholarships annually at NAIA schools.


Each school determines how much financial aid it awards to an individual student-athlete. Scholarships, grants-in-aid or student loans are controlled by each school through the same committee that handles all student loans and college scholarships.

Financial aid to the student-athletes limited to the actual cost of: 



Mandatory fees, books and supplies required for courses in which the student-athlete is enrolled


Room and board for the student-athlete only, based on official room and board allowance listed in the institution’s catalog

Financial aid can be awarded in full or partial grants.

Each sport has a limit on the aid awarded to varsity athletes. The combination of full or partial awards to all student-athletes is limited in each sport.  Academically gifted students can be exempted from these limits if they meet grade or test score criteria established by the NAIA. 

Limits on the total amount of aid that can be given to varsity athletes in each sport:

Baseball 12
Basketball (Division I) 11
Basketball (Division II) 6
Cross Country 5
Football 24
Golf 5
Soccer 12
Softball 10
Swimming & Diving 8
Tennis 5
Track & Field 12
Wrestling 8
Volleyball 8

Questions for parents to ask about financial aid

  • What types of financial-aid agreements does your school have?

  • Which campus representatives have to sign off on the agreement for it to be valid?

  • What will the financial-aid agreement cover? Housing? Food? Books? Tuition?

  • How long will the agreement last? A quarter/semester? A full academic year?

  • If my student signs a financial agreement with your institution, can she/he sign with another school within your conference?

  • If my student quits the team after the season, will he or she continue to receive the scholarship?

  • If my student suffers a season-ending injury, will the financial-aid agreement be honored?

  • If my student becomes academically ineligible, will the agreement be honored?