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Division II Degree Completion Award Program

On January 6th, 2021, the Administrative Committee approved a recommendation from the Division II Degree Completion Award Committee to waive select award requirements for student-athletes who received an extension of eligibility waiver in 2020-21 for the 2021-22 academic year due to COVID-19. These student-athletes will now have the opportunity to compete and be eligible to receive the award. Therefore, a student-athlete who has received an extension this academic year does not need to have exhausted their athletics eligibility to be nominated for the Division II Degree Completion Award and may still receive athletics aid from the institution in the 2021-22 academic year. In addition, the Administrative Committee agreed to extend the deadline for the award from Feb. 1, 2021 to Feb. 15, 2021 to allow more time for nominations under this revised criteria.

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Division II Degree Completion Award

Key Dates:
  • Opens: Oct. 15, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST
Registration Links:

The NCAA established the Division II Degree Completion Award Program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes financial assistance for them to complete their first baccalaureate degree. Candidates will be students who have exhausted their athletics eligibility.

To date, nearly $6 million has been given to approximately 1,400 deserving student-athletes. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 90 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using this program.

Requirements for the Award

  • Applicant shall be a student-athlete who has completed athletics eligibility at an active NCAA Division II institution.
  • Applicant must be within 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) of completion of an undergraduate degree.
  • The degree must be completed within 10-semesters (15 quarters).
  • Applicant must be meeting the institution’s standard for good academic standing.
  • Applicant cannot concurrently receive any athletics aid from the institution.
  • Applicant must use the award to complete the first undergraduate degree requirements from the institution where the student-athlete exhausted his or her athletics eligibility.

In addition, the following criteria applies to the award:

  • The Division II Degree Completion Award value is the lesser of:
    • Tuition for his or her remaining credits toward completing an undergraduate degree; or
    • $7,000.
  • The Division II Degree Completion Award may be used for summer term and other short terms immediately preceding or following the final undergraduate term/year, provided it is within the student-athlete’s 10 semesters (15 quarters).
  • An institution is limited to nominating a maximum of three student-athletes for the Division II Degree Completion Award.
  • The committee will rank all applicants who have completed applications and will reach out to alternates as awarding dollars become available.

How to Apply

The following materials are required to complete the application process.

  1. Nomination can be initiated by the FAR, Athletics Director, SWA or other designee.
  2. The nominee must include a personal statement containing specific information requested by the selection committee (e.g., list of extracurricular activities, leadership roles, membership in professional organizations).
  3. Academic information from an advisor or department chair responsible for the applicant’s academic program.
  4. Financial aid information from the financial aid office.
  5. Endorsement(s) from the director of athletics, senior woman administrator, faculty athletics representative or coach at the Division II institution.
  6. An official transcript from the institution where the student-athlete exhausted his or her athletics eligibility must be included. Applications must also include transcripts from all institutions the student-athlete previously attended. Transcripts can be scanned and uploaded to the system as a .pdf document.

The application will be available on Program Hub beginning October 15, 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year awards. The application deadline is February 1, 2021.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a special committee composed of the representatives from six Division II institutions. The selection committee is comprised of:

Two representatives from the Division II Academic Requirements Committee; one NCAA Division II Management Council representative; one Division II director of athletics appointed by the Division II Athletic Directors’ Association; and two Division II faculty athletics representatives appointed by the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association.

The following links will provide you more information regarding this program.