College Needs by Division – Prep Volleyball
1. NCAA – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports.
- NCAA Division 1 – schools are typically the largest universities, and compete in a minimum of 14 sports for both males and females. These schools often have world-class facilities, attract the top athletes in the country, and receive the most media attention. They will provide academic and athletic scholarships.
- NCAA Division 2 – schools are smaller than D1 schools, and student athletes usually finance their education with a combination of athletic and educational scholarships.
- NCAA Division 3 – schools are the smallest of the NCAA institutions. D3 schools are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships, but will offer academic scholarships if you qualify.
3. NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association Founded in 1938, is an association of community college and junior college athletic departments throughout the United States. It is divided into divisions and regions. The current NJCAA holds 24 separate regions.
- NJCAA Division 1 – may offer full athletic scholarships a maximum of tuition, fees, room and board, course related books, up to $250 in course required supplies, and transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by direct route.
- NJCAA Division 2 – colleges are limited to awarding tuition, fees, course related books, and up to $250 in course required supplies.
- NJCAA Division 3 – may provide no athletically related financial assistance. However, NJCAA colleges that do not offer athletic aid may choose to participate at the Division I or II level if they so desire.