University of Arizona tops in Arizona for women's athletic student aid

University of Arizona spends $23,962 per player on student aid for its women’s team athletes – the highest rate among Arizona colleges, according to an Higher Education Tribune analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.


University of Arizona spends $23,962 per player on student aid for its women’s team athletes – the highest rate among Arizona colleges, according to an Higher Education Tribune analysis of U.S. Department of Education data. 

The 23 colleges in the state with women’s teams spent $21.3 million on athletic student aid. 

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education compiles athletics data annually from more than 2,000 schools receiving federal financial aid. The analysis was based on those numbers.

More than 1,300 of those schools provide student aid to players on women's teams. In all, they spent more than $1.8 billion in 2016 on aid for 186,773 players.

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Women’s athletic student aid 

SchoolDivisionUndergraduate EnrollmentWomen's Team Athletic Student AidTotal Women's Team ParticipationAthletic Aid Per Athlete
University of ArizonaNCAA Division I-FBS29,049$6,325,862264$23,962
Arizona State University-TempeNCAA Division I-FBS38,761$5,620,873341$16,483
Grand Canyon UniversityNCAA Division I without football14,542$3,061,013267$11,464
Northern Arizona UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS21,490$2,243,809205$10,945
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-PrescottNAIA Division I2,255$965,069100$9,651
Yavapai CollegeNJCAA Division I1,694$285,05530$9,502
Eastern Arizona CollegeNJCAA Division I1,969$397,73248$8,286
Arizona Western CollegeNJCAA Division I2,163$373,73365$5,750
Cochise County Community College DistrictNJCAA Division I1,626$211,50038$5,566
Arizona Christian UniversityNAIA Division I651$710,000150$4,733
Central Arizona CollegeNJCAA Division I1,732$440,26694$4,684
Tohono O'Odham Community CollegeNJCAA Division II103$17,8799$1,987
Phoenix CollegeNJCAA Division II2,846$105,67260$1,761
Pima Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7,476$203,476133$1,530
Paradise Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,185$101,64074$1,374
Estrella Mountain Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,897$13,50010$1,350
Dine CollegeOther851$16,00018$889
GateWay Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,265$34,72441$847
Glendale Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,546$57,12989$642
Scottsdale Community CollegeOther2,342$37,70059$639
South Mountain Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,213$39,00063$619
Mesa Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,883$76,697140$548
Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,625$7,34068$108
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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