Northwestern University tops in Illinois for men's athletic student aid

Northwestern University spends $45,311 per player on student aid for its men’s team athletes -- the highest rate among Illinois colleges -- according to an Illinois Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data. 

In comparison, the University of Illinois-Champaign had the second-highest athletic aid rate for men’s teams ($21,969 per player), followed by Northern Illinois University ($19,048 per player).

In total, Northwestern spent more than $10.6 million on athletic aid for its 235 male athletes in 2016.

In Illinois, the 70 colleges with men’s teams spent a total of more than $77.6 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 Illinois Business Daily analysis was based on those numbers.

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.

Men’s athletic student aid among Illinois colleges

SchoolDivisionUndergraduate EnrollmentMen's Team Athletic Student AidTotal Men's Team ParticipationStudent Aid Per Athlete
Northwestern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,249$10,648,030235$45,311
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNCAA Division I-FBS32,126$7,249,870330$21,969
Northern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,323$4,609,538242$19,048
DePaul UniversityNCAA Division I without football13,126$2,277,760149$15,287
Chicago State UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,464$892,95765$13,738
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleNCAA Division I-FCS10,509$3,620,755269$13,460
Bradley UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,278$2,133,038175$12,189
Trinity International


NAIA Division I631$1,792,054153$11,713
Loyola University ChicagoNCAA Division I without football10,261$1,873,302161$11,635
Illinois State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS17,420$3,245,314315$10,303
University of Illinois at ChicagoNCAA Division I without football16,408$2,045,376211$9,694
Southwestern Illinois


NJCAA Division I3,860$697,78673$9,559
Robert Morris University IllinoisNAIA Division II2,253$6,024,197722$8,344
Judson UniversityNAIA Division I786$1,404,853179$7,848
Western Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,482$2,124,567273$7,782
Saint Xavier UniversityNAIA Division II2,599$1,744,829226$7,720
University of St FrancisNAIA Division II1,320$2,593,084344$7,538
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleNCAA Division I without football9,883$1,211,792168$7,213
Quincy UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,035$2,259,497326$6,931
Lake Land CollegeNJCAA Division I2,261$254,54440$6,364
Lewis UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,741$1,755,495282$6,225
Eastern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,117$2,139,691347$6,166
Lincoln CollegeNJCAA Division III727$1,064,774174$6,119
Olivet Nazarene UniversityNAIA Division II3,019$2,961,859488$6,069
McKendree UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,820$2,866,081476$6,021
Trinity Christian CollegeNAIA Division II903$917,123159$5,768
Kankakee Community


NJCAA Division II1,064$355,23162$5,730
University of Illinois at SpringfieldNCAA Division II without football1,896$792,387145$5,465
Danville Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division II973$239,48146$5,206
John A Logan CollegeNJCAA Division I1,899$263,96456$4,714
Rend Lake CollegeNJCAA Division I1,135$242,55353$4,576
Heartland Community


NJCAA Division II2,107$248,55157$4,361
Frontier Community


NJCAA Division I257$106,21726$4,085
Wabash Valley CollegeNJCAA Division I464$210,05952$4,040
Shawnee Community


NJCAA Division I739$135,06535$3,859
Kaskaskia CollegeNJCAA Division I1,233$243,50364$3,805
Lincoln Trail CollegeNJCAA Division I386$222,97259$3,779
Southeastern Illinois


NJCAA Division I457$148,40743$3,451
Lincoln Land Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,269$196,61859$3,333
Illinois Central CollegeNJCAA Division II3,082$288,45987$3,316
South Suburban CollegeNJCAA Division II1,328$235,99973$3,233
Governors State UniversityNAIA Division II1,923$93,66329$3,230
John Wood Community CollegeNJCAA Division II965$123,71639$3,172
Lewis and Clark Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,731$240,86482$2,937
Carl Sandburg CollegeNJCAA Division II929$204,42173$2,800
Sauk Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I792$126,92247$2,700
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King CollegeNJCAA Division I1,570$80,63830$2,688
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey CollegeNJCAA Division II781$76,58229$2,641
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright CollegeNJCAA Division II3,149$31,54412$2,629
Olney Central CollegeNJCAA Division I479$147,86457$2,594
Prairie State CollegeNJCAA Division II1,400$150,69260$2,512
Black Hawk CollegeNJCAA Division II1,909$138,42556$2,472
Parkland CollegeNJCAA Division II2,978$189,42085$2,228
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X CollegeNJCAA Division I2,420$78,80036$2,189
Roosevelt UniversityNAIA Division II2,250$208,91998$2,132
Lincoln Christian UniversityNAIA Division II357$90,16151$1,768
Highland Community


NJCAA Division I823$84,86055$1,543
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman CollegeNJCAA Division I1,599$52,98639$1,359
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley CollegeNJCAA Division I1,901$40,84534$1,201
Spoon River CollegeNJCAA Division II727$31,69927$1,174
Moraine Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II6,186$96,74487$1,112
College of Lake CountyNJCAA Division II3,808$90,77983$1,094
Kishwaukee CollegeNJCAA Division II1,570$39,97237$1,080
Benedictine UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,687$522,138494$1,057
Triton CollegeOther3,107$111,870119$940
Morton CollegeNJCAA Division II1,253$56,25067$840
McHenry County CollegeNJCAA Division II1,944$60,84073$833
Illinois Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,256$41,75975$557
Waubonsee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,101$34,81678$446
Oakton Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,596$31,209105$297
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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