(National Collegiate Athletic Association) 

Colleges offer multiyear, cost-of-attendance athletics scholarships—59% of student-athletes receive athletics aid.

Colleges offer partial athletics scholarships—62% of student-athletes receive athletics aid.

Colleges do not offer athletics scholarships, but 80% of student-athletes receive nonathletic aid.

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As of January 2023, standardized test scores are not required for all student-athletes who initially enroll full-time on or after August 1, 2023. During the 2023 NCAA Convention, Divisions I and II adopted legislation to remove standardized test scores for these students. The vote was based on the Standardized Test Score Task Force, a specialized group charged with reviewing initial-eligibility requirements as part of the NCAA's eight-point plan to advance racial equality.

Among other requirements, college-bound student-athletes planning to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school must still have a 2.3 (DI)/2.2 (DII) grade point average in 16 NCAA-approved core-course units and provide proof of high school graduation. Division-specific information on initial-eligibility requirements is available here:

Division I.                                   •Division II.

Division III: Click here for more information on Division III requirements for international student-athletes. Student-athletes planning to attend a Division III school are not required to have an academic certification from the Eligibility Center but may be required to have an amateurism certification.

Students should also check with the NCAA school they plan to attend regarding whether standardized test scores are necessary for admission or scholarship requirements. Please get in touch with NCAA Customer Service at 877-262-1492 with questions.