NCAA Division III: NCAA Division III programs must offer at least six sports for men and six for women, except that institutions with enrollment under 1,000 students may offer five sports per gender. The institution must sponsor at least three team sports for each gender. The school also must have participating male and female teams or participants in the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Mount Union has 21 sports (11 men and 10 women).
Financial aid: NCAA Division III student-athletes are not permitted to receive athletically related financial aid.
Mount Union believes that no student should fail to apply for admission purely for financial reasons. About 76 percent of our students receive some financial assistance based on demonstrated need. Mount Union also allocates institutional funds to be offered to students as merit-based awards. In 2009-2010, Mount Union students received financial aid in excess of $48 million. More than $22 million of that total was awarded in the form of institutional grants or scholarships.
The average aid award is $19,313 and may include (Please note that each student's financial aid is awarded based on the details of their specific situation):
• Grants and/or scholarships (which the student does not repay)
• Work on campus (which pays an hourly wage)
• Low-interest loans (repayment is normally deferred until after graduation from college)
Aid recipients must be enrolled on a full-time basis. It is the student's responsibility to check with the Office of Student Financial Services if part-time attendance is desired. Students enrolled less than 12 semester hours are eligible to apply for a part-time Federal Pell Grant and a Federal Stafford Loan.
Total NCAA Division III membership: 432 institutions. The largest of the NCAA's three divisions.
What does NCAA Division III Offer?: Division III athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to become well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics and academics. Student-athletes are integrated into the student body, and they experience the full range of college life.
Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete's experience is of paramount concern.
Division III athletics feature athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletics skills and athletics programs that are staffed and funded like any other department in the university. Division III athletics encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes. Coaches and players treat each other with respect, and administrators work to foster a positive competitive environment.
Division III athletics is committed to providing equitable athletics opportunities for both genders and gives equal emphasis to men's and women's sports.
Division III athletics encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities available to student-athletes, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition.
(parts of copy pulled from NCAA.org)