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“The NCSA recruiting network provides the ideal platform for talented student-athletes to connect with the right college coaches. NCSA’s strength is that it meets the needs of both athletes and coaches for a more efficient and productive recruiting process.”

– Jim Carr, President of NAIA

“NCSA was literally the best decision we made regarding our son’s recruitment. NCSA will teach you how the process works, how to write emails to coaches, how to market yourself, what coaches look for, how to select a school that best fits, and most importantly, not to focus solely on D1 schools. You’ll also get a counselor who will work with you every step of the way. All of them are former college athletes or coaches who are familiar firsthand with the process. I cannot speak highly enough of NCSA.”

– Parent, Class of 2016 Baseball Commit, University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Receiving an athletic scholarship to compete at the college level is a dream come true for many student-athletes. In most cases, coaches wait to give out scholarship offers to student-athletes during an official or unofficial campus visit. For most Division 1 sports, recruits can meet with coaches on these visits any time after September 1 of their junior year. However, football and basketball recruits have to wait a few extra months to participate in official visits: January 1 for men’s basketball, April 1 for FBS and FCS football and the Thursday after the NCAA Championship Game for women’s basketball (typically the first week of April).

Just about all athletic scholarships are good for a year and must be renewed by the athlete and the coach. Athletes can lose their scholarship due to injury, academic ineligibility, coaching changes or subpar performance during practices and games. Remember—the college experience encompasses much more than sports. Even if you receive a full-ride athletic scholarship, it’s important to make sure the college is the right academic and social fit.

The sport you play has a huge impact on your opportunities for scholarship dollars. At the D1 level, football (FBS only), men’s and women’s basketball, women’s tennis, women’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball are head count scholarship sports. This means every scholarship awarded is a full ride that pays for tuition, books, college fees and room and board.

All the other D1 sports as well as D2, NAIA and junior college sports are equivalency sports. In most cases, these sports offer partial scholarship opportunities. Coaches have a certain number of scholarships they can divide however they see fit. While some choose to give all the money to the best athletes, others award equal scholarships to all athletes or give them to upperclassmen who have been with the team for a few years and have earned their place on the team.


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