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Monday, September 18, 2006
NCAA, Division II, and Financial Aid

A friend of mine is working on a project and would be interested in any thoughts or suggestions on this question:
Can a Division II college exempt student athletes from its general financial aid program? That is, if a student athlete is awarded an athletic scholarship, can the college then take them out of the general pool for need-based financial aid? Result would likely be that the athletes receive their athletic scholarship but not the entire academic amount, even though under a need-based analysis, they would potentially qualify for funding of the entire academic amount. Any potential discrimination issues with this? Any potential Title IX issues with this? Any NCAA regulations/rules that deal with this?
I don't think the NCAA would be concerned with this exemption, but sometimes the NCAA takes positions that seem counter-intuitive. Any thoughts?


I'd guess it depends on whose eligibility standards and what aid we're talking about. I haven't researched this, but my guess is that a lot of the federal aid (pell grants, stafford loans, federal PLUS loans) involves eligibility standards set by the federal government in the form of Dept. of Education regulations. I can't imagine that an institution could declare someone ineligible if the federal regs consider that student eligible without getting in trouble with the feds and, perhaps, losing some federal aid support.

If we're talking about private aid (grants and loans that come from the college funds and not in any way from the feds), then my guess would be that schools could declare athletes inelible.

But why a school would want to do that. Aren't DII shoools still competing with one another for athletes, even if they may not be competing for superstars? I can't imagine an athlete would accept a scholarship offer if that meant their total aid package would be lower than they would get as a walk-on student. (Even if there is some cache to being a "scholarship athlete").

Blogger Geoffrey Rapp -- 9/18/2006 5:34 PM  

I'm a little confused by the question...

As a former scholarshiped athelete I was capped at receiving the amount of one scholarship. I qualified for academic aid but could not receive it because it would have put me over the limit.

I assume that the NCAA is worried about schools being able to provide "extra" benefits by giving an athletic scholarship and then adding on "academic" scholarships on top of that. Would seem to be an easy way around "extra benefit" rules in place?

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/18/2006 6:37 PM  

The whole method of calculation used by NCAA needs some work. I came into school as a walk on. I later earned an athletic scholarship. This past year I also earned an academic scholarship and need-based grants. Rather than getting more money overall, I get the same amount.

Let me explain: an athlete's total scholarship is set at the amount of the athletic scholarship. For instance, if I was awarded $10k athletic scholarship and $3k academic scholarship, I would only receive $10k. Of that money, $7k would come from the athletic department and $3k would come from the school/federal scholarship. I understand the basic reasoning behind this (they don't want schools to slip athletes money through fake academic scholarships), but is also hurts athletes who perform well academically. They do not have as many incentives to perfrom well academically. There has to be a better way to run this system.

Anonymous Martin -- 9/18/2006 6:47 PM  

I played baseball at a division II school. At my school your athletic scholarship was a percentage. If tuition was raised you would not loose money you would get your percentage based on the increase. I also was elligible for academic scholarship, this was a set dollar amount. Also, there were fellow teammates who were receiving federal grants along with their athletic scholarship money. I thought Their need was based on the support they would be getting from their parents.

Anonymous Justin -- 9/18/2006 10:05 PM  


I recently published an article on the dangers and benefits of student loans and other forms of college financial aid – here is a quote from it, in case you are interested:
Student loans repayment can be a real nightmare without adopting some strategies that would help the new graduates to organize their social and financial life. Here are some strategies they can use to do this:
- An additional part-time job;
- Freelancing is another option (meaning that they can do particular pieces of work for different organisations, without working all the time for a single organisation);
- They should try to keep their living expenses as low as possible (live in a smaller apartment, live with a roommate to share some of the expenses, find an apartment that is closer to the job, to eliminate the extra-expenses for transport etc.);
- To apply for forbearance (this is an immediate solution for hard times when the new graduate is in impossibility to re-pay the amount of money and the need for student loan consolidation becomes apparent; it is a temporary period, when the graduate can postpone or delay his or her re-payments until a later time on a federal or direct loan after the beginning of the re-payment, and when the student doesn’t qualify for deferral). The forbearance must be applied through the lenders of the loans.
- To consolidate the payments.
If you feel this helps, please drop by my website for additional information, such as federal student loans information or additional resources on private student loans .



Blogger 100Student -- 11/24/2006 12:16 PM  

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