Water Polo Scholarship FAQ's
Do D1 water polo athletes get athletic scholarships? Are there full ride water polo college scholarships?
- D1 men’s water polo scholarships per team: 4.5
- Total # of D1 men’s water polo teams: 25
- Avg. team size: 25
The NCAA allows a maximum of 4.5 scholarships per Division 1 team. Due to low funding, some NCAA Division 1 water polo programs have even fewer scholarships to offer than the 4.5 maximum. While full-ride scholarships are uncommon, international athletes have the best chance of receiving full funding to compensate for the cost of relocating.
NCAA Division 3 men’s water polo scholarships
- D3 water polo scholarships per team: 0
- Total # of D3 water polo teams: 16
- Avg. team size: 20
Division 3 institutions offer merit-based scholarships, rather than athletic scholarships, to student-athletes who meet certain academic standards. Water polo athletes who are awarded an academic scholarship at a Division 3 schools will likely receive a better financial aid package than athletes who are awarded athletic scholarships at Division 1 and 2 institutions.
NCAA Division 2 men’s water polo scholarships
- D2 water polo scholarships per team: 4.5
- Total # of D2 water polo teams: 8
- Avg. team size: 21
NCAA Division 2 programs are allotted the same maximum number of scholarships as Division 1 programs. Division 2 programs also face the same funding challenges as Division 1 programs, which means the number of scholarships actually available varies from program to program.
NAIA men’s water polo scholarships
- NAIA water polo scholarships per team: 0
- Total # of CCCAA water polo teams: 1
- Avg. team size: 22
CCCAA men’s water polo scholarships
- CCCAA water polo scholarships per team: 0
- Total # of CCCAA water polo teams: 34
- Avg. team size: 17
While California Junior Colleges do not allow athletic programs to award scholarships, these schools generally cost less than four-year institutions. The average cost of tuition and fees at a junior college is nearly $6,000 less than that of a public four-year college.
Men’s water polo scholarship requirements
In order to play for an NCAA sponsored program, student-athletes must meet the NCAA’s eligibility requirements to determine their academic eligibility and amateurism status.
The below are factors in determining academic eligibility;
- 16 core course requirements
- Core course GPA
- NCAA sliding scale
The NCAA takes GPA in the 16 core courses and uses a sliding scale that combines the athlete’s SAT/ACT test scores and their GPA in these core courses. If the athlete’s GPA meets the NCAA’s core course GPA requirements, then the athlete is eligible to compete.