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Number of college scholarships by sport and gender 2020

College sports scholarships are available to students at the top of their respective sports and can help them with college tuition fees which otherwise run into the tens of thousands of U.S. dollars. Overall, there were over 177 thousand sports scholarships available to students in 2019/20, with over 7,500 more scholarships available to male athletes than female athletes. Football alone accounted for over 30,000 scholarships in this year.

Number of college sport scholarships available in the United States in 2019/20, by sport and gender

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Release date

May 2020


United States

Survey time period

2019/2020; data accessed 25 May, 2020

Special properties

official NCAA / NAIA / NJCAA Sports

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "For official sports sponsored by the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA the maximum limit is 177,559 full scholarships. However most sports are equivalency sports and awards can be allocated in partial amounts, so the total number of scholarships (full and partial) is substantially higher than presented. These numbers are maximums for official sports; each school has the option to award scholarships up to the limit, award none, or award somewhere in between. Varsity sports not listed are not official sports of the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA and are not subject to scholarships limits set by these associations."

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