Can a student-athlete withdraw and leave after semester has started?
This past week we received multiple requests from families for options their student-athlete can consider if he or she chooses to withdraw from all classes and leave their college now in the middle of the semester.
We often advise that the student-athlete not leave unless they have a well thought out plan in place. The plan should include considering their current and future NCAA academic eligibility status, and how it affects their scholarship obligations. A potential transfer to another school and the steps involved is another important consideration.
We have advised many student-athletes and prepared such a plan so that they don’t damage their future eligibility. When working with student-athletes and their families, the most important aspect of the plan is to review and discuss the academic eligibility requirements that must be satisfied to make sure they will be eligible at their next college.
If you have a student-athlete who is considering leaving their college before the “drop/add date” or one who just wants to plan ahead for a possible transfer at the end of this school year, we can work with and guide you through the transfer process. To schedule your personalized, confidential consultation, call our office at 913-766-1235.