Each year about this time, we receive a few inquiries from parents whose son or daughter is having second thoughts about attending the college with which they’ve signed a scholarship or made a commitment to.
The most common reason that a student-athlete wants to de-commit from their signed scholarship offer with a university is because the coach that recruited them has left for a job at another school.
In these situations, we strongly advise the student-athlete to decide what they want to do BEFORE the semester starts.
There are a few important reasons for this:
- If your athlete starts attending classes and then wants to leave, it could potentially cost thousands of dollars in withdrawal fees, dorm charges, etc.
- Starting the semester and then withdrawing could also result in zero credit hours on their transcript for the semester. This will damage their eligibility for the spring semester at their current college or at another college as a transfer student.
- When a student-athlete starts attending classes, it triggers the start of their “five-year clock” if they are currently (or hope to be in the future) a Division I athlete. If they are a DII or DIII athlete, it will be counted as using one of their 10 semesters of full-time enrollment.
If your athlete is having “second thoughts” and you’d like to discuss possible options and consequences, contact us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule a phone consult or an email consult online, click Scholarship Strategies Consult Options.