TRACK AND FIELD FINANCIAL AID
Junior College track recruiting AND SCOUTING information
Includes Half Marathon and Cross Country
This page contains specific information about Junior college track scholarships, choose one of the links above to learn about NCAA Track And Field Scholarships and the NCAA College Track And Field Recruiting Process.
As a high school athlete you are probably very good, maybe the best at your school, well here is a news flash. Unless you are in the top 5%, or elite category, coaches wont come knocking at your door.
To get recruited, especially at Junior college level, you have to make it happen. You have to contact the coaches and let them know who you are and what you have to offer their track and field program.
The NJCAA allows 30 athletic scholarships per school for both men and women. Half marathon and cross country are included in the 30. These are full-ride but some schools offer partial grants in aid. Top athletes of course tend to receive the best offers.
Track. 42 division 1 colleges offer scholarships.
Cross Country. 21 division 1 and 46 division 2 colleges offer scholarships.
Indoor. 51 division 1 colleges offer scholarships.
Track. 38 division 1 schools offer scholarships.
Cross Country. 17 division1 and 42 division 2 schools offer scholarships.
Indoor. 45 division 1 schools offer scholarships.
Grants in aid for HALF MARATHON are available at 5 colleges for both men and women.
Each community college can only offer 30 track and field scholarships in total, unlike the NCAA they cannot offer a larger number of grants at a lower percentage.
Coaches tend to give out more distance scholarships than field and sprints. They get more for their money. So if you happen to be a great half marathoner, run the 10,000 and 5,000 on the track and love cross country then your chances of getting financial aid are greater that an athlete who concentrates on sprints only. If you are a good sprinter then don’t let this put you off, coaches still have to cover all meet events.
JC coaches do not have the big athletic budgets that NCAA coaches have so they cant actively recruit or hire scouts. Many JUCO coaches don’t allocate all of their recruiting budget each year simply because they were not approached by suitable athletes.