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The NAIA Model: Return on Athletics®

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The NAIA model supports the key priorities of its member institutions – enrollment, student success, and financial viability – all while offering a high-level of competition at an affordable cost.

NAIA schools maximize their Return on Athletics®


net return

Average athletics
department net return

net return per student athlete

Average net return
per student-athlete

Average net return of Top 100
Directors’ Cup schools

Average increase in NAIA student-
athlete participation over five years

Compare to the Competition

NAIA member schools offer a high-level of competition at an affordable cost


median operating budgets

Overall Median Operating Budgets
The NAIA median operating budget is
$1.8MM less than DII and
$1.2MM less than DIII.

top 100 budget

Top 100 Median Operating Budgets
NAIA’s Top 100 Directors’ Cup schools
spend $3MM less than DII Top 100 and
$2MM less than DIII Top 100

Take a closer look




Dare to Compare

How does your school measure up? Contact the NAIA Membership Team at 816.595.8121 to learn how you can leverage athletics to increase your bottom line.


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The Power of Information

NAIA members have access to ROA Insights, proprietary analytics tools which provides institutional-level data on student-athlete enrollment, retention, and net return. ROA Insight calculators show how specific efforts and adjustments to an athletics program can affect the overall health of an institution.


How could your school leverage this power?

Learn more about ROA Insights