$ and tennis at a Div. 3 public university

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  1. jmhs

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    Sorry if this was addressed elsewhere, but I haven't found a specific answer yet: can div. 3 public (state) schools give tennis players any aid aside from that determined by financial need? That's what a high school coach told me...that tennis players couldn't get aid framed as academic or leadership scholarships or creative bookkeeping...just aid based on financial need like any other student.

    I know that div. 3 private schools have more leeway. A tennis friend of mine got all of his tuition paid for (he pays room and board only)...it was framed as an academic scholarship...hah, the guy wasn't a good student in high school!
     
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    It depends on the state, possibly. In California, the answer is no. The reason is that the schools don't have money set aside for athletic scholarships, hence no scholarships. Usually division 3 schools are more academic focused anyway. Some of the bigger d3 schools try to move up to d2 so they can start offering athletic scholarships. It still isn't much, though. I have seen as low as $1500/year. When tuition is $9k+ a year it doesn't help a lot. Just get good grades, work hard, and get a good job after you graduate. Then you'll have plenty of money to spend on tennis.
     
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  3. tennismom42

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    I have heard about "creative bookkeeping" and I have seen some college letters that pretty much say, "you'll be taken care of." There is nothing wrong with Div 3. Many can beat up on Div 1 consistently. If you can get academic scholarships, grants & financial aid from Div 3, go for it.
     
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    ^^^ Was this a public school? Just curious. I thought that was a big no no. At a public school, I can see they can use some creative book keeping.
     
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    D III tennis at the NESCAC (New England Liberal Arts Colleges) is fun, competitive and requires less time than the D I alternatives. It is a great avenue for players who tennis or academics isn't strong enough to play Ivy. You get a great education at Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, and the others. Tons of Eastern players go that route and are very happy contributing to their team whereas they may be unable to play elsewhere.
     
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    Thanks. Just to clarify, these situations were D3 public schools?
     
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    I am a D3 coach at Drew University in NJ. I know that we only give money based on academics and need. I do know of other schools that have given extra money because of athletics, but that is not supposed to be the case at D3. Obviously, you can get into a school because of your athletic talent and the coach can ask you to appeal any financial awards you may receive, but once again, at the D3 level money for athletics is not supposed to happen.
     
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