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NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLASSIFICATIONS

1. NCAA DIVISION 1-A (Football Bowl Subdivision – FBS)
2. NCAA DIVISION 1-AA (Football Championship Subdivision – FCS)
3. NCAA DIVISION 1-AA Non-Scholarship
4. NCAA DIVISION II
5. NCAA DIVISION lll
6. NAIA
7. Junior College
8. Post-Graduate Prep School

EXPLANATION OF CLASSIFICATION

1. NCAA Division 1 A – 120 members (Ohio State/Kent State)

a. Only “full” grant-in-aid scholarships (maximum: 25 per year/85 total)
b. Follows the recruiting calendar with signing date
c. Must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
d. Need 32 semesters of NCAA approved core courses with minimum 2.3 gpa
e. Need a minimum ACT/SAT score using the included sliding scales
f. Top prospects will be offered official visits
g. Very competitive and difficult to have this opportunity

2. NCAA Division 1 AA – 89 members (Youngstown State/Villanova)

a. 63 full scholarship equivalencies to divide at their discretion
b. Follows the recruiting calendar with signing date
c. Must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
d. Need 32 semesters of NCAA approved core courses with a minimum 2.0 gpa
e. Need a minimum ACT/SAT score using the included sliding scales
f. Top prospects will be offered official visits
g. Complete all forms applying for financial aid

3. NCAA Division 1-AA Non-Scholarship: 36 members (Dayton/Harvard)

a. No scholarships or financial aid based on football ability
b. Follows a later recruiting calendar
c. Must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
d. Need 32 semesters of NCAA approved core courses with a minimum 20 gpa
e. Need a minimum ACT/SAT score using the included sliding scale
f. Top prospects will be offered official visits
g. Complete all forms applying for financial aid

4. NCAA DIVISION II: 153 members (Ashland/Findlay)

a. 36 full scholarship equivalencies to divide at their discretion
b. Follows a similar recruiting calendar and often signs later than Division l
c. Must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
d. Need 28 semesters of NCAA approved core courses with a minimum 2.0 gpa
e. Need a minimum ACT score of 68 points or SAT score of 820
f. Can conduct a physical workout when on official visit to campus
g. Complete all forms applying for financial aid

5. NCAA Division lll: 234 members (Mount Union/Baldwin Wallace)

a. No scholarships or financial aid based on football ability
b. Follows a later recruiting calendar with no signing date
c. Do not need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
d. Individual schools will determine admission standards
e. Individual schools will comprise financial aid packages
f. Will generally offer unofficial campus visits
g. Complete all forms applying for financial aid

6. NAIA: 91 members (University of St. Francis, IN)

a. 24 full scholarship equivalencies to divide at their discretion
b. Follows a later recruiting calendar with a non-binding signing date
c. Overall 2.0 gpa; ACT (18) or SAT (860); tope 50% of class – need 2 of 3
d. Individual schools will comprise financial aid packages
e. Can conduct a physical workout when on official visit to campus
f. Complete all forms applying for financial aid

7. Junior College: 145 members (Erie Community College/Snow College)

a. Very limited scholarships and financial aid available
b. Alternative if you fail to qualify academically for a 4-year university
c. Your eligibility clock starts when you enroll (5 years to play 4)
d. Non-qualifier must complete degree before enrolling at a 4-year university
e. No guarantee of being recruited by a 4-year university
f. Complete all forms applying for financial aid

8. Post-Graduate Prep School: (Fork Union Military Academy/Kiski Prep)

a. Very limited scholarships and financial aid available
b. Provides a year to mature academically and/or athletically
c. Can become an academic qualifier during this time
d. College eligibility is not expended during this year
e. No guarantee of being recruited by a 4-year university
f. Complete all forms applying for financial aid

PREFERRED WALK-ON OPPORTUNITY

1. Joining a scholarship football program at your own expense

a. Very competitive due to squad limitations
b. Generally, highly recruited to be a walk-on
c. No financial aid based on football ability, BUT they are now allowed food and gear that scholarship players get
d. Must meet all academic qualifications of the school’s classification                                                                                        e. Can earn a scholarship aid based on performance and contribution
f. It’s not “how” you get there, but “what” you do when you get there                                                                               g.NEW – If they are a PELL kid at OSU(for example) they could get up to 10,000 dollars.

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