|1996 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||September 7 – November 16, 1996|
|Playoffs||November 23 – December 14, 1996|
|National Championship||Braly Municipal Stadium|
|Harlon Hill Trophy||Jarrett Anderson, Truman|
The 1996 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 7, 1996, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 1996, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northern Colorado Bears defeated the Carson–Newman, 23–14, to win their first Division II national title.
The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Jarrett Anderson, running back from Truman.
|School||1995 Conference||1996 Conference|
|Jacksonville State||Independent||I-AA Independent|
|Mississippi College||Gulf South||-|
|Norfolk State||CIAA (D-II)||I-AA Independent|
|Portland State||Independent||Big Sky (I-AA)|
|Saint Joseph's (IN)||MIFC||D-II Independent|
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia State
|1996 NCAA Division II Football Championship|
The 1996 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 23rd single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, for the tenth time.
Braly Municipal Stadium
|Northwest Missouri State||26|
|Northwest Missouri State||22|