NCAA Scholarship & Eligibility Quick Facts

By Ashley Wheeler

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) consists of three divisions: Division I, Division II and Division III. According to the NCAA’s Guide For The College-Bound Student-Athlete, there are more than 1,100 colleges/universities within the NCAA; therefore it is important to understand their distinctions regarding rules, regulations and eligibility requirements.


  • Division I volleyball teams are limited to 12 full scholarships per team. Scholarships can’t be divided at the Division I level, but can be split at other levels. Schools are not required to distribute the maximum number of scholarships allowed.


  • Division II programs are allowed a maximum eight scholarships, but those can be divided. Two or more Division II players can split a full scholarship equally (50/50) or in other percentages (75/25).


  • Division III do not offer athletics scholarships, however 75 percent of Division III student-athletes receive some form of merit or need-based financial aid. If you are planning to attend a Division III school, you do not need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center because these schools set their own admissions standards.


  • Private schools generally have higher tuition rates than public schools, so some scholarships have a higher value than others. They count the same regardless of the school’s scholarship price.


  • Division I programs require a minimum grade point average of 2.3 in core classes (English, math, science) and a sliding scale to match SAT and ACT scores. Division II requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 (2.2 after August 1, 2018) in core classes and a minimum SAT score of 820 and a sum ACT score of 68.


  • NCAA requires incoming athletes to meet amateur certification, which means they could not have previously accepted prize money or been under professional contract. This process is done at the NCAA Eligibility Center online.