The Student-Athlete Experience



With student-athlete experience costs rising nationally, App State Athletics depends on investors, who understand the need for continuous advancement. Your support is essential to recruit student-athletes who compete for championships and earn a valuable degree from Appalachian State University.



The COVID-19 pandemic created a financial crisis that we have not seen in college athletics. We have had to take the unprecedented steps of discontinuing sports programs, furloughing staff, and reducing operating expenses by more than 20 percent. We are working through significant revenue losses from reduced NCAA and Sun Belt distributions, football opportunity games being eliminated, and projections of reduced capacity for football games.

We want to continue to give our Mountaineer student-athletes, coaches, and staff the best opportunity for sustained success as we navigate these very challenging times.

Our goal is to raise $1 million or more through the KEEP CLIMBING Initiative through June 30, 2021, to allow us to sustain our operations and support our student-athletes that wear the Black and Gold.

You can help us accomplish this by giving a gift to any of the following areas or programs. Contributions to this initiative are for gifts above and beyond any pledge or gift in 2021. Please note that all gifts will receive priority points.

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The Scholarship Gap

The Scholarship Gap

To provide a world-class experience through scholarships, App State Athletics is currently unfunded in 28.83 full scholarships from the NCAA maximum allowance of 233.70 full scholarships for the 17 sports we sponsor. This means App State Athletics currently can only fund 204.87 full scholarships as we compete against peers.

Through the support of the Mountaineers Athletic Fund, we can change this. The annual dollar amount of our scholarship gap is:

$175,925.22 (In-State Tuition)
$749,407.01 (Out-of-State Tuition)

Please help us close the gap!


NCAA Limit


App State Limit


Scholarship Difference

Dollar Equivalent:





Student-Athlete Expenses

All annual contributions to the Yosef Club provide financial support toward App State student-athletes scholarships. In addition, each student-athlete costs approximately $50,000 annually when factoring in all the expenses: scholarships, meals, lodging, nutrition, health, insurance, travel, aid, and supplies.

Student Athlete Expenses

Total App State Athletics Scholarship Expenses

Fiscal Year

Total Scholarship Expense (Millions)

Funding Student-Athlete Scholarships

What percentage of 415 App State student-athletes in 17 sports receive some sort of athletic aid?


Of all Student Athletes

What is the average cost per in-state scholarship student-athlete?



(Full cost of attendance scholarship)

What is the average cost per out-of-state scholarship student-athlete?



(Full cost of attendance scholarship)

How many App State student-athletes are from out of state?


Of all Student Athletes



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