The Cardinal Degree Completion (CDC) program was established to
assist returning student-athletes, who have exhausted their athletic
scholarship eligibility, with the costs of full or part-time tuition
and books associated with completing their degree at the University of
Louisville. CDC provides employment opportunities through the
University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) to allow former
scholarship student-athletes the opportunity to receive financial
assistance to complete their degrees. Participation in the program is
approved on a semester by semester basis, not to exceed four (4)
consecutive semesters. Continued employment in the subsequent semester
is based on academic progress and the satisfactory completion of all
employment requirements in a given semester.
To date, 97 students have enrolled in the program and 57 have
graduated. Six former student-athletes graduated during the 2011-2012 academic year, and two completed their degrees in Fall 2012.
Gerald Crafts (football)
Renardo Foster (football)
Dion Edward (men's basketball)
Richard Jones (football)
Marques Maybin (men's basketball)
DeJuan Wheat (men's basketball)
Joe Jacoby (football)
Andrew Robinson (football)
All applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible to
participate in the program:
Be eligible for re-admission to the University of Louisville
Be within 30 credit hours (of course work) of graduating, not
Not be under contract with, or receive compensation from, a
professional organization or agent
Have been a scholarship athlete while attending U of L and not
have been dismissed from your team for disciplinary reasons
Any exceptions to the above must be approved by the Senior
Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services and the Athletic
A returning student-athlete will be required to work for the ULAA in an
assigned department for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
Review the CDC eligibility criteria. If you do not meet the CDC
eligibility criteria, your request for assistance will be reviewed by
the CDC panel.
Obtain and complete a READMISSION APPLICATION from the Admissions
Office in the Houchens Building. Submit a completed READMISSION
APPLICATION to the Admissions Office. Refer residency questions to the
Office of Student Services. Complete a FAFSA to determine financial aid
eligibility and submit it to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Complete SECTIONS 1 and 2 of the CDC application form.
Obtain a Degree Audit from your college academic counselor.
Contact your college advisor to schedule an appointment. With the
assistance of your college advisor, complete the Degree Completion
Submit all application materials to the CDC program coordinator
Graduation Plan (with Degree Audit)
ULAA Employment Application
Resumé (with references)
RECEIVE APPROVAL/DENIAL NOTIFICATION FROM THE CDC PROGRAM
Meet with the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic
complete a CDC employment agreement. It is your responsibility to
schedule a meeting with the Senior Associate Athletic Director prior to
beginning of the semester to complete the necessary employment
documentation. You will then meet with your direct supervisor to
determine your responsibilities and weekly schedule.
Register for classes with the CDC program coordinator.
Meet with the CDC program coordinator to discuss your employment