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Division II Degree Completion Award Program Frequently Asked Questions

1. Question: Can a student-athlete receive athletics aid and a Division II Degree-Completion Award concurrently?

Answer: A student-athlete is not permitted to receive athletics aid and a Division II Degree-Completion Award concurrently.The Division II Degree Completion Award has been established to assist student-athletes who have exhausted eligibility and will not be receiving any additional athletics aid.

2. Question: When is the submission deadline for the Division II Degree-Completion Award?

Answer: Applications are due the first Tuesday in April. Applications that are postmarked subsequent to that date, will not be considered.

3. Question: When will Division II Degree-Completion Award recipients be notified?

Answer: Decisions on funding should be made and applicants notified by June 1.

4. Question: What is the maximum award value for the Division II Degree-Completion Award?

Answer: The Division II Degree-Completion Award value will be the lesser of:

  • The student-athlete's athletics-aid from his or her final year of eligibility;
  • Tuition for his or her remaining credits toward completing an undergraduate degree; or
  • $6,000.

5. Question: Is a student-athlete eligible for a Division II Degree-Completion Award if the student-athlete has time remaining within his or her 10-semesters/15-quarters to participate in a sport in which the student-athlete would have seasons of competition remaining?

Answer: A student-athlete may not represent the institution in intercollegiate athletics while receiving the Division II Degree-Completion Award.

6. Question: Can a student-athlete who is entering a graduate program receive the award?

Answer: A student-athlete who is entering a graduate program would not be permitted to receive the Division II Degree-Completion Award. The Division II Degree-Completion Award has been established to assist student-athletes who have exhausted eligibility with completion of their undergraduate degree requirements.

7. Question: Can a student-athlete receive the Division II Degree-Completion Award for the summer term preceding their final undergraduate term/year?

Answer: The Division II Degree-Completion Award is intended to cover the costs of credits toward completing an undergraduate degree during a regular academic term or year (i.e., fall semester; spring quarter), not summer terms.

8. Question: A student-athlete only needs four credits to complete his or her undergraduate degree requirements, however, the student-athlete would like to take additional credits during his or her final semester. The student-athlete's institution charges tuition by the credit hour, therefore, the student-athlete's tuition bill will be higher if he or she takes extra credits. Will the student-athlete's degree completion award cover the extra credits?

Answer: The Division II Degree-Completion Award will only pay for those credits the student-athlete needs to complete his or her undergraduate degree requirements. The cost for any additional credits will be the responsibility of the student-athlete.

9. Question: A student-athlete can complete his or her undergraduate degree requirements in one more semester, however, the student-athlete wants to delay graduation and attend the institution for an additional semester to improve his or her grade-point average. Will the student-athlete's degree completion award pay for the extra semester?

Answer: Since the student-athlete will graduate at the end of one more semester, the Division II Degree-Completion Award will only pay for the tuition for the student-athlete to attend that one semester. Any additional semesters will be the responsibility of the student-athlete.

10. Question: Is a student-athlete required to submit an official transcript from each institution attended?

Answer: The student-athlete is required to submit an official transcript for each institution attended; however, the student-athlete may submit copies of official transcript(s) that are on file at the Division II institution.

11. Question: Is there a limit to the number of student-athletes who may be nominated from one institution for the Division II Degree-Completion Award?

Answer: An institution is limited to nominating a maximum of three student-athletes for the Division II Degree-Completion Award.

12. Question: Is a student-athlete eligible for the Division II Degree-Completion Award if the student-athlete attends an active Division II member institution, but the sport in which the student-athlete participated is a Division I sponsored sport?

Answer: The Division II Degree-Completion Award has been established to assist student-athletes who have exhausted eligibility in a Division II sponsored sport. Therefore, a student-athlete who participated in a Division I sponsored sport at a Division II institution would not be eligible for the Division II Degree-Completion Award.

13. Question: Can a student-athlete who is completing a minor receive the Division II Degree-Completion Award?

Answer: A student-athlete may receive the Division II Degree-Completion Award provided the minor is a part of the student-athlete's undergraduate degree requirements. However, if the minor is optional or not required for the undergraduate degree, then the student-athlete would not be eligible for the Division II Degree-Completion Award.

14. Question: Is a student-athlete eligible for a Division II Degree-Completion Award if the student-athlete is attending a Division II provisional member institution?

Answer: The Division II Degree-Completion Award has been established to assist student-athletes who have exhausted eligibility at an active Division II member institution within the past academic year. Therefore, a student-athlete is not eligible for the Division II Degree-Completion Award if the student-athlete is attending a Division II provisional member institution.

15. Question: Is a student-athlete eligible for a Division II Degree-Completion Award if the student-athlete is attending a Division II institution that is reclassifying to Division I?

Answer: The Division II Degree-Completion Award has been established to assist student-athletes who have exhausted eligibility at an active Division II member institution within the past academic year. Therefore, a student-athlete is not eligible for a Division II Degree-Completion Award if the student-athlete is attending a Division II institution that is reclassifying to Division I.