Northwestern University ranks 3rd in U.S. for men's athletic student aid spending

Northwestern University, University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University are among U.S. colleges that spend the most on athletic student aid for men's teams, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.


Northwestern University, University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University are among U.S. colleges that spend the most on athletic student aid for men's teams, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.

Northwestern ranked 3rd out of 100 schools. It reported spending $10.6 million on men's athletic student aid – or $45,311 per male player – in 2016. University of Illinois, ranked 45th, spent $7.2 million – or $21,969 per player.

The top college was Vanderbilt University, which spent $8.9 million on men's athletic student aid, or $49,973 per male player.

Data in this analysis is from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, which compiles athletics data annually from more than 2,000 schools receiving federal financial aid.

More than 1,300 of those schools provide student aid to players on men's teams. In all, they spent more than $2.1 billion in 2016 on aid for 238,546 players.

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Top 100 schools: Men's athletic student aid

SchoolStateDivisionUndergraduate EnrollmentMen's Team Athletic Student AidTotal Men's Team ParticipationStudent Aid Per Athlete
Vanderbilt UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS6,808$8,895,189178$49,973
Tulane University of LouisianaLANCAA Division I-FBS6,487$9,060,172184$49,240
Northwestern UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS8,249$10,648,030235$45,311
University of MiamiFLNCAA Division I-FBS10,102$10,199,387229$44,539
Southern Methodist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS6,294$9,931,611224$44,338
Texas Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS8,591$10,349,740296$34,965
Wake Forest UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS4,899$10,087,254306$32,965
University of TulsaOKNCAA Division I-FBS3,248$8,720,108277$31,481
Baylor UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS14,087$8,565,588273$31,376
Rice UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS3,824$8,474,271278$30,483
University of Maryland-College ParkMDNCAA Division I-FBS26,174$9,025,886311$29,022
Clemson UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FBS17,849$9,027,569315$28,659
University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS18,070$8,949,482314$28,502
Auburn UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS20,260$8,719,706306$28,496
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLANCAA Division I-FBS23,036$7,959,374286$27,830
University of Notre DameINNCAA Division I-FBS8,480$13,129,023477$27,524
University of DenverCONCAA Division I without football5,478$5,152,261192$26,835
Boston CollegeMANCAA Division I-FBS9,486$10,850,474406$26,725
Quinnipiac UniversityCTNCAA Division I without football6,784$4,346,114165$26,340
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS18,129$8,134,547313$25,989
Temple UniversityPANCAA Division I-FBS26,128$6,861,330265$25,892
University of RichmondVANCAA Division I-FCS2,998$5,570,186223$24,978
Stanford UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS7,032$12,710,756510$24,923
University of ToledoOHNCAA Division I-FBS12,810$5,017,629203$24,717
University of ArizonaAZNCAA Division I-FBS29,049$7,256,670295$24,599
University of San FranciscoCANCAA Division I without football6,413$2,950,066121$24,381
Pepperdine UniversityCANCAA Division I without football3,220$3,543,730147$24,107
University of Michigan-Ann ArborMINCAA Division I-FBS27,833$13,184,011547$24,102
Elon UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS5,854$5,158,889217$23,774
The University of AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS29,071$8,602,048362$23,763
Wofford CollegeSCNCAA Division I-FCS1,664$5,871,430249$23,580
Syracuse UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FBS14,324$8,533,414362$23,573
Miami University-OxfordOHNCAA Division I-FBS16,109$6,829,377292$23,388
Hofstra UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football6,462$3,474,330149$23,318
University of Virginia-Main CampusVANCAA Division I-FBS15,420$9,913,326426$23,271
University of Colorado BoulderCONCAA Division I-FBS25,692$6,268,229270$23,216
The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleTNNCAA Division I-FBS20,719$7,458,293322$23,162
Furman UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS2,691$8,001,191347$23,058
University of Central FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS38,228$5,039,079219$23,009
Western Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS14,999$4,992,085218$22,899
University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS18,218$7,871,379350$22,490
Cumberland UniversityTNNAIA Division I1,265$4,502,412201$22,400
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS39,883$11,645,319524$22,224
West Virginia UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS20,524$6,344,059288$22,028
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignILNCAA Division I-FBS32,126$7,249,870330$21,969
Seton Hall UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football5,484$2,776,385127$21,861
Duke UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS6,449$10,090,804463$21,794
Menlo CollegeCANAIA Division I760$2,761,120127$21,741
University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS18,237$4,795,027221$21,697
University of Hawaii at ManoaHINCAA Division I-FBS10,676$5,375,189250$21,501
University of OregonORNCAA Division I-FBS18,309$5,958,582279$21,357
University of MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS17,649$5,727,552269$21,292
Boston UniversityMANCAA Division I without football16,199$6,375,861300$21,253
University of UtahUTNCAA Division I-FBS17,081$5,367,606253$21,216
St John's University-New YorkNYNCAA Division I without football11,468$3,402,863162$21,005
Mississippi State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FBS16,134$5,591,844267$20,943
University of the PacificCANCAA Division I without football3,375$3,263,074156$20,917
Mercer UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS4,012$5,391,103258$20,896
Purdue University-Main CampusINNCAA Division I-FBS29,301$7,009,539337$20,800
University of DelawareDENCAA Division I-FCS17,736$5,636,736273$20,647
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaCANCAA Division I without football2,590$2,703,797131$20,640
Providence CollegeRINCAA Division I without football3,768$4,120,148201$20,498
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusGANCAA Division I-FBS13,698$6,752,951330$20,463
Old Dominion UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS15,173$5,728,562281$20,386
University of ArkansasARNCAA Division I-FBS19,774$6,230,812308$20,230
LIU BrooklynNYNCAA Division I without football3,749$2,406,685119$20,224
University of ConnecticutCTNCAA Division I-FBS18,538$8,128,570402$20,220
Loyola Marymount UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,987$3,458,044172$20,105
University of Wisconsin-MadisonWINCAA Division I-FBS28,201$8,982,866447$20,096
Hope International UniversityCANAIA Division I726$2,188,854109$20,081
University of KentuckyKYNCAA Division I-FBS20,772$7,119,237358$19,886
University of California-Los AngelesCANCAA Division I-FBS30,329$7,108,829358$19,857
Oregon State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FBS18,395$5,513,426278$19,832
Ball State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FBS15,018$4,323,223219$19,741
Northeastern UniversityMANCAA Division I without football13,345$5,817,611295$19,721
University of South Carolina-ColumbiaSCNCAA Division I-FBS23,947$6,309,350321$19,655
Arizona State University-TempeAZNCAA Division I-FBS38,761$7,352,658376$19,555
Fordham UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS8,725$7,657,955394$19,436
University of LouisvilleKYNCAA Division I-FBS12,325$6,249,734323$19,349
University of Nevada-RenoNVNCAA Division I-FBS15,390$3,764,400195$19,305
Indiana University-BloomingtonINNCAA Division I-FBS31,884$8,487,821441$19,247
Middle Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS15,985$5,139,217268$19,176
Northern Illinois UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS12,323$4,609,538242$19,048
Marshall UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS7,917$4,273,094226$18,907
Drexel UniversityPANCAA Division I without football13,258$4,944,823262$18,873
Ohio University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS17,794$4,486,829238$18,852
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWANCAA Division I-FBS28,165$7,207,944384$18,771
Colgate UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS2,864$7,150,146383$18,669
The University of Texas at El PasoTXNCAA Division I-FBS13,321$3,546,854191$18,570
Washington State UniversityWANCAA Division I-FBS21,534$5,640,422306$18,433
University of GeorgiaGANCAA Division I-FBS26,252$5,950,965323$18,424
San Diego State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS26,530$4,155,385226$18,387
University of Alabama at BirminghamALNCAA Division I-FBS8,941$1,745,43295$18,373
University of KansasKSNCAA Division I-FBS16,987$5,651,875310$18,232
Houston Baptist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS2,160$4,288,304237$18,094
New Mexico State University-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS9,825$3,533,171196$18,026
Coastal Carolina UniversitySCOther8,828$4,919,401273$18,020
The University of Texas at AustinTXNCAA Division I-FBS37,026$6,672,286371$17,985
George Washington UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football10,343$4,678,883261$17,927
University of Massachusetts-AmherstMANCAA Division I-FBS21,340$6,847,785384$17,833

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