Posted On: 05/31/20 9:21 PM

In any given year, less than 3-5 percent of high school athletes end up playing at a NCAA Division I school or a Division II school. That leaves 95-97 percent of athletes to either give up on their dream of continuing their athletic career or to compete at an NCAA Division III collegejunior college, or an NAIA school.

An increasing number of high academic athletes see the academically elite Division III colleges, which cannot offer athletic scholarships, as a desirable alternative to Division I and some Division 2 opportunities. Prospective students can get academic money with the remainder coming from grants and family contribution. In some cases the athletes can get most if not all of their college tuition covered with academic and grant money. Also, the higher the GPA typically translates to higher academic money. Each school has a different entrance criteria but they are looking for the very best students. An added bonus is that Division III schools have a surprisingly high graduation rate for it’s athletes even though the academics are extremely challenging.

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