Division II relies on a partial-scholarship model to administer athletics-based financial aid. Most Division II student-athletes finance their education through a combination of scholarship money, grants, student loans and employment earnings.
In 2008, Division II commissioned the consulting firm of Hardwick-Day to assess the benefits of the partial-scholarship model unique to Division II. The Hardwick-Day study concluded that the partial-scholarship model has a direct impact on net tuition revenue and helps build cultural diversity and gender balance by attracting prospective students via competitive athletics programs.
Very few of the 90,000 student-athletes competing in Division II will receive a full athletics grant that covers all of their expenses, but most of them will receive some financial aid to help them through school. For the rest of their expenses, student-athletes are on their own––using academic scholarships, student loans and employment earnings just like most other students attending the Division II institution. This healthy partnership is the essence of Division II, where student-athletes are valued for their athletics contribution and for being an important part of the overall student body.
Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011