Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association is composed of universities and colleges that do not offer scholarships that are directly linked to athletic talent, but they do offer financial aid. The division contains nearly 450 schools across the country, including some of the top ranked liberal arts colleges. There's no standard size for a D III school, as some house fewer than 1,000 students while others have more than 20,000. In the following, you'll find out about getting scholarships from these institutions.
As mentioned, all Division III schools are barred from providing scholarships based on the athletic talents of potential students. However, this does not mean that being great at your favorite sport cannot help you get into one of these schools or that once you're there that you won't be able to receive aid based on your sports abilities. Unlike many large Division I schools, Division III schools often are much more generous with their financial aid, often offering full ride packages to middle class families that would have to take out massive loans to pay for enrollment. Thus, while you won't be able to get a true athletic scholarship at a Division III school, you may find that you're being recruited by them in a nearly identical manner.
While Division III schools don't officially set aside spots in their admitted classes for athletes, many coaches have a strong influence on who gets admitted. This being the case, you should have a direct conversation with the Division III coaches for whom you'd like to play and talk frankly with the admissions office about what type of aid you'd be likely to receive if admitted. You may find that the amount offered greatly exceeds what you'd otherwise get in a scholarship from a bigger school. What's more, with the more academically focused tendency of Division III schools, there's a good chance you'll come out with a better education as well.