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Can division 3 colleges give athletic scholarships?

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Ross Pratt on June 14, 2018

Colleges and universities that belong to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (better known as the NCAA) typically offer sports at either the Division 1, Division 2, sr Division 3 level. Division 1 is the most selective and Division 3 the least … but, even so, there's a big leap between being a good high school athlete and is qualified to play in the university, at any level, even Div. 3.. NCAA rules prohibit athletic scholarships at Division 3 colleges. You're going to have to go to the Div. 1 or 2 for softball dough (more on that in a minute). But, if you qualify for need-based financial aid or other merit scholarships (for example, for academics, arts, etc) then you may indeed receive $$ to attend a Div. 3 school of … you just can't get the money specifically for softball .. note, however, that some Div. 3 of the universities tend to "sweeten the pot" for athletic prospects. For example, let's say your family qualifies for need-based financial aid. Instead of giving them a "package" of aid which is mostly loans and some grant (the good things that you do not have to pay again), you may find that, as a sought-after softball player, your aid package turns out to be all-or most-grant money.. If you're especially strong in the Div. 3 player, then you might even be a contender in a Div. 1 or 2 institutions, too, where athletic scholarships are permissible. If so, you will have to register with the NCAA and make sure that your course selection, grades, and standardized test scores meet certain minimum standards. For more information about these standards, as well as most of everything you want to know about playing a sport in college, see the NCAA Guide for the College Student-Athlete : http://www.ncaastudent.org/NCAA_Guide.pdf


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