Everyone is familiar with the NCAA and its 3 subsequent divisions as where the top collegiate athletes in the United States athletes play. But not all college athletes play in the NCAA. In fact, thousands of student athletes play in the NAIA every year. NAIA stands for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and offers athletes a way to pursue their interests without needing a Division I or II offer.
Over 300 schools participate in the 13 different NAIA regulated sports each school year. The NAIA is split into 2 divisions. Division I in the NAIA is comparable to Division II in the NCAA and same goes for Divisions I and II respectively.
Just like in the NCAA, NAIA can receive athletic scholarships to help pay for school. More than 90