The NCAA established this program to assist student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility for institutional financial aid (in five years) to complete their undergraduate degree. Applicants must have completed eligibility for athletics-related aid at a Division I member institution before applying and must be within 30 semester hours of their degree requirements.
Student-athletes receiving the award will receive an amount equivalent to tuition and fees, and they will also receive a book allowance based on the number of hours in which they are enrolled.
The program is administered by the NCAA Degree Completion Award Committee.
Applications are accepted beginning in March for the fall term and beginning in August for the spring/summer term. The application for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 awards is now available here. The application deadline is May 27, 2016.