A D2 coach told our recruits they usually only get ONE of 3 types of aid: 1-need-based (Fafsa), 2-athletic, OR 3-academic, and that the only exception was kids who had high academics and met one of these 3 conditions: A) a 3.5 gpa, or B) top X percent of class, or C) specific score on ACT/SAT.
I know some D2 kids who got both academic and athletic $$$ and a good deal in that. But, also know some D2 kids who got minimal offers and wonder if coaches were just trying to boost school enrollment.
Why do kids go D2 - rather than D3 - if D3 can really give better deal? Do some kids sign D2 and then get the financial aid packages from D3's later and then decide to go D3?
Also at D3, how does this work out for D3 kids who do not have much "need" and who get average grades? Would seem that they would get best deal at D2 level - if D2 wanted them.