Financial aid

DII committee recommends financial aid concepts

The Division II Legislation Committee recommended three concepts this week that would substantially change the way financial aid is awarded to Division II student-athletes.

NCAA Division I Council Ad Hoc Financial Aid Issues Working Group

Under the direction of the NCAA Division I Council Student-Athlete Experience Committee, the NCAA Division I Council Ad Hoc Financial Aid Issues Working Group will conduct a comprehensive review of financial aid issues related to cost of attendance and squad limits in equivalency sports.  As specified in the cost of attendance legislation, the intent is to comprehensively address the educational costs of the student-athlete.  As it pertains to equivalency sports, the working group is charged with making recommendations that meet this intent.

When considering limits, the review should focus on three components for each sport:

  • Current roster sizes;
  • The number of scholarship student-athletes; and
  • Championship travel-squad sizes.

Division I Council Ad Hoc Financial Aid Issues Working Group Roster

Division I Council Ad Hoc Financial Aid Issues Working Group Timeline

Working group proceedings:

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NCAA Division I Council Ad Hoc Financial Aid Issues Working Group Timelines

Anticipated Timeline.

  • August 2015 – Begin work.
  • September 2015 – Provide an update to the Division I Council at its in-person meeting.
  • Fall 2015 to 2016 NCAA Convention – Solicit feedback from the Division I membership, including equivalency sports’ coaches associations, NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA), others.
  • February 2016 – Provide a final report to the Division I Council with recommendations at its in-person meeting.
  • Legislative recommendations from this review would enter the 2016-17 legislative cycle.

Teleconference Timeline.

  • Week of August 17.
  • Week of September 7.
  • Week of September 21.
  • Week of October 12.
  • Week of October 26.
  • Week of December 7 – Review feedback.
  • To be determined – Finalize recommendations for February report to Division I Council.

Outreach Timeline.

  • Week of November 2 – Solicit feedback from coaches’ associations, CWA, others.
  • Week of November 16 - Collect feedback.
  • Collect additional feedback at NCAA 2016 Convention.

Division III committee recommends financial aid violation rule change

The Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee recommended legislation to remove the requirement that athletes seek reinstatement if they’ve received impermissible financial aid – provided the athlete was unaware that the aid violated rules and the institution's athletics department staff was not involved in the violation.

DIII Management Council opposes amendment to recruiting legislation

Despite some debate, the Division III Management Council has come to agree with the Division III Recruiting Working Group regarding a proposal that allows coaches to contact recruits on site on any day at multi-day athletic competitions. The original proposal allows coaches to speak with potential student-athletes at any time during the competition as long as they or their coaches consent.

Division III committee explores options for graduate students

Division III, Interpretations and Legislation Committee, graduate students, Management Council, financial aid, scouting.

Utica College failed to monitor financial aid program

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Manhattanville College failed to monitor financial aid packaging

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