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kmartin
05-17-2009, 09:52 AM
I have been wondering about what must be the situation of a lot of kids these days, which is that you are a good student and a good tennis player, but not elite enough at either to get a full ride on a scholarship to a division 1 school. I am assuming most smaller schools don't have tennis scholarships available. Assuming that's true, do a lot of division 2, 3 and NAIA schools "find" grants and academic assistance for tennis athletes, even though they may not have explicit tennis scholarships? In other words, do a lot of these schools find ways to provide significant academic financial assistance (excluding student loans) to good students despite not having athletic assistance available?

eeytennis
05-17-2009, 11:13 AM
I have been wondering about what must be the situation of a lot of kids these days, which is that you are a good student and a good tennis player, but not elite enough at either to get a full ride on a scholarship to a division 1 school. I am assuming most smaller schools don't have tennis scholarships available. Assuming that's true, do a lot of division 2, 3 and NAIA schools "find" grants and academic assistance for tennis athletes, even though they may not have explicit tennis scholarships? In other words, do a lot of these schools find ways to provide significant academic financial assistance (excluding student loans) to good students despite not having athletic assistance available?

NAIA schools offer scholarships as do Division 2 schools. Division 3 schools however do not, and it's tough to get financial aid unless you would qualify for it without tennis. Coaches really don't have THAT MUCH pull in D3 schools regarding financial assistance. Yes, it sucks because I think that there are many D3 players who could easily play D1 tennis but other factors are keeping them in an area where only D3 schools are available. If you are planning on playing D3 tennis, do well in school so you can get as much academic scholarship money as possible.