Athletic Aid Information

How is athletic aid determined?

Coaches decide how much aid to award each athlete, and have a limited amount of scholarships available. They typically offer a percentage of allowable costs. Each scholarship is offered on a one-year basis. Subsequent year scholarships and amounts are at the discretion of the coach and Athletic Department.  Once a student-athlete accepts an award offer, the information is forwarded to the Financial Aid Office to incorporate into the overall financial aid award package.

What are the eligibility requirements for athletic aid?

To be eligible for athletic aid a student must be admitted and eligible to continue in enrollment at NMU and must meet all applicable conditions (institutional, NCAA) for athletic competition and athletic financial aid.  This includes meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and Progress-Toward-Degree Requirement determined by the NCAA.  This also includes full-time enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate-level degree program for any semester during which athletic financial aid is being received.


Which costs are allowable?

The NCAA allows the following: tuition, mandatory fees, room and board (for both on- and off-campus students), and books.

Tuition/Fees: to calculate a full-ride scholarship we will use the full-time tuition charges for students based on whether the student is a resident or a nonresident, or a graduate student. If a student exceeds 16 credit hours or has a tuition differential charge, we will automatically increase the full-ride amount to include these charges. Mandatory fees include the University Fee and Student Activity Fee. 

Room/Board: Consistent with the Cost-of-Attendance budget, we will only use the room/board double occupancy rates for the traditional residence halls for all students and the Gold meal plan. We will not recalculate the budgets when students opt to live in more expensive accommodations, whether The Woods, NMU apartments, or off campus. This is a choice that the students are making.

Books: We always use the standard $800/year figure as outlined by the NCAA manual.

Other: Division I we include the Miscellaneous and Travel figures from the Cost-of-Attendance. For international students, we will include any health insurance charges and the one-time NMU documentation charge. For incoming students, we can include the one-time athletic fee. For the Art & Design students, we can include the $250/semester MacBook fee.


What does equivalency mean?

Coaches award athletic scholarships based on a percentage of costs, that percentage is the equivalency. For example, a student who has a scholarship valued at one-quarter of the allowable costs would have a 25% equivalency. A “full-ride” scholarship would be a 100% equivalency, meaning all the allowable costs are covered. To calculate the dollar value of an equivalency, the following formula is used:

allowable costs x equivalency % = athletic scholarship amount


Estimated allowable costs for the 2018-2019 Academic Year:

Lower-Division (1-55 credit hours)


Michigan Resident
 

Out-of-State


Commuter (living with parents)

Tuition & Fees

$10,730

$16,226

$10,730

Room & Board

$10,666

$10,666

$5,332

Books

$800

$800

$800

Total Allowable Costs

$22,196

$27,692

$16,862

 
       

Upper-Division (56+ credit hours)

Michigan Resident

Out-of-State


Commuter (living with parents)

Tuition & Fees

$11,246

$16,994

$11,246

Room & Board

$10,666

$10,666

$5,332

Books

$800

$800

$800

Total Allowable Costs

$22,712

$28,460

$17,376

*Other allowable fees include the one-time athletic fee charged to all new students, required charges through the International Programs Office for student health insurance and one-time documentation fee.  Course related fees will not be included.


Sample calculation:

For a Michigan Resident student-athlete, the total of allowable costs is $22,196.  If a 35% equivalency were offered, it would equate to $7,769.

$22,196 x .35 = $7,769

Athletic Scholarship Estimator: This calculator allows prospective students, families and athletic personnel to calculate an estimate of their pending athletic scholarship. Please note that the estimate provided from the Athletic Scholarship Estimator does not represent a final determination, actual cost award, or financial assistance. The estimates are not binding; they are estimates provided in good faith with what information was available at the time. Also, please remember that the price of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year. Final award amounts will be communicated to you once you have signed a scholarship tender.

NMU Scholarship Calculator: This calculator allows prospective Students to enter their academic information to determine eligibility for NMU scholarships and FAFSA related aid programs.


Can student-athletes receive aid in addition to athletic scholarships?

Yes!  However, there are certain regulations which must be followed.

  • The total amount of aid a student receives cannot exceed the overall NMU cost of attendance (which includes some additional items, such as estimated personal and travel expenses, not included in NCAA allowances).  Information on NMU’s general cost of attendance can be found at www.nmu.edu/finaidCOA.
  • Division I (Hockey) Student-athletes who qualify for NMU academic scholarships must meet certain NCAA requirements in order to receive this academic scholarship in addition to the athletic scholarship.
  • For Division I athletes (Hockey only), one of the following criteria must be met (Per 2016-2017 NCAA Division I Manual):
    • High School Rank: Be in the top 10% of the high school graduating class
    • High School GPA: Achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.50 (per final high school transcript)
    • SAT Test:
    • If SAT Test is before March 1, 2016: Score 1200 or higher on the SAT (This sum may be comprised of the best component results from multiple SAT exams.)
    • If SAT Test is after March 1, 2016: Score 1270 or higher on the SAT (This sum may be comprised of the best component results from multiple SAT exams.)
    • ACT Test:
    • Have an ACT sum score of at least 105 (This sum may be comprised of the best component results from multiple ACT exams.)
  • A cumulative NMU GPA (once established, after one year) of at least 3.00 for Division I may be used on a year-by-year basis to determine how NMU academic scholarships are counted.  (So an NMU academic scholarship could be counted as part of the athletic award for some years and not others if no qualifying high school/test score criteria are met.)
  • Students who do not meet any of the above criteria will have NMU academic scholarships counted as part of the athletic award.  For example, if a student-athlete’s initial athletic aid is determined to be $7,000, but the student also qualifies for the NMU National Academic Award valued at $5,600, the athletic aid would be reduced to $1,400 if none of the NCAA criteria listed above are met.

Private scholarships will need to be followed up with to determine if the scholarship is from an "established and continuing program".  Determination will be made either through accompanying documentation, or website review, or direct contact with the grantor, or student follow-up. 

  • Students receiving athletic scholarships will not be eligible for NMU's need-based Board of Trustee Grant.

Summer Aid Eligibility: Student Athletes will be eligible for summer athletic scholarships covering up to 4 credit hours. Summer Aid will be calculated at the same equivalency rate as athletically related financial aid during the previous academic year, up to 4 credit hours. Only courses enrolled in by June 1st will be considered. Withdrawn course will result in the cancellation/reduction of the scholarship.

Will an NMU athletic scholarship cover additional costs related to a study abroad program?

NMU athletic aid may only be used to cover some expenses of an NMU-sponsored study abroad program.  These allowable expenses are the same as those permitted for regular NMU courses - NMU tuition, fees directly associated with tuition, standard room and board allowance, and books.  Examples of non-covered expenses include (but are not limited to): study abroad program fees, airfare, and passport costs.

 

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