NAIA Athletic Programs: What You Should Know about Scholarships

If your athlete is being recruited by an NAIA college, it’s important to know that there are few standard regulations that are imposed on all NAIA colleges across the country regarding the awarding of athletic scholarships.  

 What does this mean for you?

 – Any policies addressing the awarding or cancellation of an athletic scholarship are determined by each individual NAIA college.

 – Unlike the NCAA rules, the NAIA rules do not include provisions that prevent a coach from taking an athlete’s scholarship for medical reasons or that require the opportunity for an appeal hearing if a coach wants to cancel an athlete’s scholarship.

 – The NAIA financial aid guidelines only speak to the fees and other charges that can be covered by an NAIA college when providing a scholarship.  They do not include such points as a date when an athlete must be informed if their scholarship is not being renewed for the following year, or the conditions under which a coach can cancel an athlete’s scholarship in the middle of the academic year.

Be sure that you ask the coach about his or her scholarship policies (and those of the athletic department) and review written college policies regarding athletic scholarships when considering an NAIA college.

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

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