Very few NCAA athletes are actually on full scholarships, many are receiving partial scholarships and supplementing the rest of the costs with help from their family, loans, other scholarships and grants or employment. Some coaches may be able to offer tuition, room and board aid while others may simply be able to cover the cost of books.
During the recruiting process, and as you are receiving offers, it’s important to find out exactly what coaches are offering you. It’s okay to be direct with your recruiting coaches and ask them exactly what type of aid you are being considered for.
Realistically, for many players, money WILL be a major decision factor. Colleges vary greatly with the costs of tuition, room and board, course-related books, fees, along with transportation and extra expenses you may have such as cell phone bills, clothing, entertainment. It all adds up—and scholarship money makes a difference for most players.
There is a chance you may start out on a partial scholarship and later earn more scholarship aid year-to-year as your contributions to the team increase.
Your opportunities may greatly vary, you need to consider a few factors:
– What is the tuition of the school (in-state or out-of-state)?
– What will the scholarship cover exactly?
– Are you able to secure other scholarship aid or loans?