Become a Fighting Muskie
Enthusiasm at Muskingum has never been stronger, and with good reason. During the past few years, the Fighting Muskies have enjoyed a remarkable string of successes – on the field and in the classroom.
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NCAA Division III
NCAA Division III is the largest of the NCAA's three divisions, with a total of 447 institutions.
What does NCAA Division III Offer?
Division III athletics provides a well-rounded collegiate experience that involves a balance of academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered on Division III campuses.
Division III features student-athletes who are subject to the
same admission standards, academic standards, housing, and support
services as the general student body. The integration of athletics
with the larger institution enables student-athletes to experience
all aspects of campus life.
Division III playing seasons and eligibility standards minimize conflicts between athletics and academics, allowing student-athletes to focus on their academic programs and the achievement of a degree.
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 affords student-athletes the opportunity to discover valuable lessons in teamwork, discipline, perseverance, and leadership, which in turn make student-athletes better students and responsible citizens.
Division III encourages student-athletes to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them, both within and beyond athletics, so that they may develop their full potential as students, athletes, and citizens.
Division III offers an intense and competitive athletics environment for student-athletes who play for the love of the game, without the obligation of an athletics scholarship.
Division III places primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition, while also offering 36 national championships annually.
NCAA Division III student-athletes are not permitted to receive athletically-related financial aid.
Overview of Need-Based Financial Aid
The foundation of Muskingum’s financial aid program rests with its financial assistance to students who need such assistance in order to attend. More than 85 percent of all institutionally-funded grants and scholarships go to students who demonstrate financial need, which is in addition to federal, state and private funds allocated to needy students.
Muskingum is committed to providing or assisting students in obtaining resources to meet demonstrated need, though it is not possible to meet 100 percent of need in all cases. Students demonstrating need can expect to have at least a portion of the total need amount met with gift assistance (grants, scholarships). The gift aid percentage may in some cases exceed 75 percent for top academic students. The remaining need will be met with student loans and, in cases where the student is eligible, a campus work-study opportunity.
How Financial Need is Determined
By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) a student will receive an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is then subtracted from the Cost of Attendance to arrive at the student's financial need. Cost of Attendance includes tuition, fees, room and board (if living on campus) or a commuter or off-campus living allowance, as well as estimates for books, personal and transportation expenses.
How Financial Aid Packages are Assembled
Once a student's financial aid eligibility has been established, a financial aid "package" is awarded which typically consists of both gift aid (scholarships, grants) and self-help aid (student loans, student employment). Muskingum considers past and current academic performance when constructing financial aid packages. packages. We try to meet the financial need of all aid applicants using all available resources; students with high academic ratings, however, will be awarded packages with a higher-than-average percentage of gift aid. Differentials among academic award categories are moderate, so no student should expect an unreasonable level of gift or self-help aid.