Not all community colleges have sports programs, but those that do can offer sports scholarships. If a community college does offer athletic scholarships, it must abide by National Junior College Athletic Association and state-based regulations regarding the number and amount of such scholarships. In general, athletic scholarships can't exceed the costs of tuition, fees and books.

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Community colleges that offer athletic scholarships normally must make a concerted effort to ensure gender equity and grant a similar amount of funding for women's athletics as it does for men's sports. Community colleges often consider financial need in grant both academic and athletic scholarships. To be eligible for a community college athletic scholarship, you must have a high school diploma or an equivalent credential. Alternatively, you can earn a 1.75 or higher GPA in a college semester where you take and pass at least 12 credits.