Optiminds Offers NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Counseling

There are two athletic associations that offer college scholarships—The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Optiminds now offers Athletic College Prep Counseling to help with both the NCAA and NAIA recruiting processes.

Understanding the difference between the two separate governing bodies of college athletics is important for students seeking an athletic scholarship because there are options available from both the NCAA and NAIA.

The NCAA is the governing body for about 1200 schools. It consists of three divisions, with Divisions I and II offering partial or full athletic scholarships to more than 126,000 student-athletes. Division III student-athletes can only receive academic or non-athletic scholarships. About $1 billion in athletic scholarships are handed out by the NCAA every year.

The NAIA consists of 300 schools and 13 sports, with just over 60,000 students, and two divisions. Division I in the NAIA is comparable to Division II in the NCAA. Over 90% of schools in the NAIA offer scholarships, and NAIA athletes receive an average of $7,000 of financial aid.

Our experienced athletic college prep counselors can help you meet eligibility requirements for both the NCAA and the NAIA and continue to meet standards necessary to continue with your playing career. For more information, contact Aaron Fields at (313) 590-4788 or the Optiminds office.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. Be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com; and “like” us on Facebook.

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