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Scholarships for baseball are different than other sports.  In most, both men's and women's, NCAA rules permit "head count" scholarships (full tuition, room, and board).  Rules limit the number of scholarships depending on the sport, but the limit is usually a few more than needed for a full roster (to accomodate redshirts, injuries, etc.).  However, baseball is another story.  Why are baseball scholarship rules different?  We've heard several different reasons, but none make sense.  Hopefully, the NCAA will change this in the near future.

NCAA:  The NCAA limits all Division 1 colleges to 11.7 total baseball scholarships per year and Division 2 colleges to nine.  Unlike nearly every other sport, these are rarely "head count" scholarships (full tuition + room/board).  With colleges having 30, 40, 50, or more players in their program, it's easy to why there are very few full rides.  Many college players receive small baseball scholarships, often 1/8th or less, or no baseball money at all.  That doesn't mean players don't receive other financial aid.  Good grades and SAT scores can result in academic scholarships, especially if the student is also a recruited athlete.  Some colleges have other private scholarship and financial aid funds awarded to students who contribute to campus life, diversity, etc.  Officially, they aren't athletic scholarships, but for a student-athlete funding is funding regardless of the description listed on their financial aid award.  In addition, there is need-based aid and loans available from colleges and the government regardless of athletic status.  So while getting a full ride purely from a baseball scholarship is highly unlikely, most student-athletes can find a college they can afford by seeking all available financial aid sources.

NCAA Division 3 colleges are not permitted to give athletic scholarships for any sport.  However, they are able to give scholarships for academics, contributions to campus life, diversity, and financial need.  In fact, some Division 3 colleges give much more financial aid than Division 1 and Division 2 colleges because they are private, have large endowments, and have more flexibility.

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