|1996 NCAA Division III football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1996|
|Playoffs||November – December 1996|
|Salem Football Stadium|
|Champion||Mount Union (2)|
|Gagliardi Trophy||Lon Erickson (QB), Illinois Wesleyan|
The 1996 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 1996, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1996 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their second Division III championship by defeating the Rowan Profs, 56−24. The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Lon Erickson, quarterback from Illinois Wesleyan.