Receiving an offer for an athletic college scholarship can be a tremendous help as you determine how you’ll pay for college. However, it’s important to understand some key points about athletic scholarships before you accept any offers.
Get the tips you need to succeed

We know you’re busy, so we're here to take the guesswork out of financial aid, college applications, and how to survive college life. And best of all, it’s free!

Get exclusive test prep info now!

Since score matters, sign up and get our proven test prep tips & 40% off our test prep books. And best of all, it's free!

Petersons Free PSAT Sample Test
Free Sample PSAT® Test Questions & Answers

The PSAT® test is right around the corner. Our FREE sample questions give you a peek into the type of questions you can expect to see on the test.

Get Started

Some things to keep in mind about sports scholarships:

  • There is no such thing as a Division III athletic scholarship. Only Division I and Division II schools in the NCAA are allowed to award financial aid based on athletic ability. Division III schools can award need-based aid or academically related aid.
  • An athletic scholarship cannot be guaranteed for four years. NCAA institutions offer one-year college scholarships that can be renewable annually. At the end of each year, athletics-based aid may be canceled or reduced for any reason.
  • There may be restrictions on the amount of aid you can receive. There can be limits on athletic aid both for the team and the student. Check with the financial aid office to see if these limits will affect your ability to accept financial aid from other sources. Inform the financial aid staff about additional student scholarships or other aid offers you expect to receive.


Win money for college by finding great scholarships through our scholarship search!

Another step you should take before accepting undergraduate scholarships offers is to learn as much as possible about its restrictions and requirements. Here are some important things to consider:

How much the college scholarship is and what it covers

Ask about the exact amount of the scholarship. Determine whether it will cover all expenses (tuition, room and board, and books) or only partial expenses. Keep in mind that some college costs, such as travel from home to school, cannot be covered by the scholarship.

How long the college scholarships will last

Determine whether the offer is renewable annually. Ask about the requirements for renewal and the circumstances in which the scholarship might be reduced or canceled.

The effect of an injury or coaching change on the college scholarship

If you suffer a career-ending injury and can no longer compete, some institutions will not continue to provide you with an athletic student scholarship. A new coach may not be willing to maintain your athletic scholarship. Check with the athletic department at the college to see what its policy is for each of these situations.

The effect of exhausting eligibility before completing your degree
You may use all of your athletic eligibility before finishing your degree program. Ask whether aid will still be available to you as you complete your degree and if it is, ask about how you can qualify for it.

How to maintain undergraduate scholarships

Some university scholarships may have academic requirements attached, such as maintaining a specific grade point average. Some university scholarships may place restrictions on your opportunities for employment. Be sure to understand the actions you need to take in order to keep the scholarship and the actions you must avoid to prevent losing the scholarship.

Peterson's is YOUR guide to college information
Get exclusive information on schools, scholarships, and test prep

Log in to Peterson's

Forgot your password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.


I certify that I am the subscriber to the provided cellular or other wireless number and I authorize {{SchoolName}} and its representatives and agents to contact me regarding educational opportunities at any current and future numbers that I provide for my cellular telephone or other wireless device using automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded messages, and/or SMS text messages, even if I will be charged by my service provider(s) for receiving such communications. Consent is not a condition for receiving more information from {{SchoolName}}, and I understand that if I no longer wish to receive communications, I will need to contact {{SchoolName}} to alter this consent.

Disagree Agree
Petersons Monthly Scholarship

Peterson's October $1,000 Scholarship

Not having money for school can be frightening! Take 2 minutes to apply for our $1,000 scholarship