Iowa State University tops in Iowa for women's athletic student aid

Iowa State University spends $16,362 per player on student aid for its women’s team athletes – the highest rate among Iowa colleges, according to an Higher Education Tribune analysis of U.S. Department of Education data. 

The 29 colleges in the state with women’s teams spent $29.7 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.


Women’s athletic student aid 

SchoolDivisionUndergraduate EnrollmentWomen's Team Athletic Student AidTotal Women's Team ParticipationAthletic Aid Per Athlete
Iowa State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS28,791$3,992,372244$16,362
University of IowaNCAA Division I-FBS20,690$5,867,774430$13,646
Drake UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,091$2,792,500206$13,556
William Penn UniversityNAIA Division I1,111$1,626,135136$11,957
Upper Iowa UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,224$1,397,608138$10,128
Briar Cliff UniversityNAIA Division II788$1,101,581145$7,597
Iowa Western Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,826$792,384122$6,495
Waldorf UniversityNAIA Division II1,413$889,785143$6,222
University of Northern IowaNCAA Division I-FCS9,119$1,727,930278$6,216
Southeastern Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,245$189,40833$5,740
Dordt CollegeNAIA Division II1,367$1,066,433219$4,870
Northwestern CollegeNAIA Division II1,041$1,104,278243$4,544
Grand View UniversityNAIA Division II1,643$1,207,340267$4,522
Morningside CollegeNAIA Division II1,293$1,274,451285$4,472
Clarke UniversityNAIA Division I732$828,375198$4,184
Graceland University-LamoniNAIA Division II1,166$878,792251$3,501
Kirkwood Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,641$167,40051$3,282
Mount Mercy UniversityNAIA Division I1,046$765,486251$3,050
Des Moines Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division II6,348$188,22464$2,941
Marshalltown Community CollegeNJCAA Division I756$101,91335$2,912
Indian Hills Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,085$276,220101$2,735
Saint Ambrose UniversityNAIA Division II2,187$603,521228$2,647
Iowa Lakes Community CollegeNJCAA Division II987$147,30663$2,338
Southwestern Community CollegeNJCAA Division II703$108,14158$1,865
Iowa Central Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,732$358,795194$1,849
North Iowa Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,317$127,78298$1,304
Hawkeye Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,572$25,55021$1,217
Ellsworth Community CollegeNJCAA Division I597$38,72836$1,076
Eastern Iowa Community College DistrictNJCAA Division II1,758$23,80024$992
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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