Why it might be better to walk-on with NO athletic scholarship
High School athletes who are offered 10-15% of a full scholarship by a 4-year college coach might be better advised to not accept the scholarship and instead be a walk-on.
They may have more flexibility should they decide to transfer in the future.
The NCAA recently approved a change that will allow walk-on student-athletes to transfer to a Division I program from another 4-year university and be immediately eligible at their new school. In addition, the school that the athlete is leaving will not be allowed to have an objection to the transfer.
This new rule impacts a student-athlete who is:
- A walk-on athlete from a 4-year college program that awarded athletic scholarships, or
- A non-recruited athlete from a 4-year college program that doesn’t provide athletic scholarships (such as an Ivy League university).
If you have questions about the transfer rules and how they could impact your athlete in the future, schedule a confidential Transfer Consult online, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.