NCAA Rules Regarding Mid-Year Scholarship Cancellations

Unfortunately, we are hearing examples of Division I coaches coercing athletes into forfeiting their scholarship for the second semester of the year.

There are limited reasons for which an athletic scholarship can be cancelled in the middle of an academic year under the NCAA rules.

Mid-Year cancellation is possible if an athlete:

  • Is ruled to be ineligible for competition
  • Provides fraudulent information on an application, letter of intent, or financial aid agreement
  • Engages in serious misconduct that rises to the level of being disciplined by the university’s regular student disciplinary board
  • Voluntarily quits their team
  • Violates a university policy or rule which is not related to athletic conditions or ability (such as a university policy on class attendance, or an athletic department policy regarding proper conduct on a team trip).

It is a violation of NCAA rules for a coach to take away a scholarship mid-year for non-performance.

My advice to athletes and parents is to review very carefully any athletic department rules and policies that spell out the non-athletic reasons that can be cited for the cancellation or non-renewal of an athletic scholarship.

If you are being coerced into forfeiting your scholarship, contact Rick Allen at 913-766-1235 or send an e-mail to rick@informedathlete.com for a private consultation.

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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