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Why Parents of Student-Athletes are Often Confused About NCAA Athletic Scholarships & Financial Aid Agreements
We get many calls and emails from parents of student-athletes asking questions about NCAA scholarships and financial aid agreements. There’s no doubt about it, athletic scholarship calculations can be hard to understand because of the different types of scholarships and some of the terminology used.
Examples of those differences include:
- Power Five athletic scholarships compared to a scholarship offered by a Division I non-Power Five program. The nuances of Power Five athletic scholarships are intended to provide more scholarship “protection” to athletes at Power Five universities. But, that’s not always the case.
- One-year scholarships compared to multi-year scholarships. NCAA Division I teams can provide scholarships that cover multiple years, while Division II teams can only provide scholarships for one year at a time.
- “Equivalency” sports vs. “Head Count” sports. Equivalency sports are more commonly known as partial-scholarship sports because a full scholarship can be divided among multiple team members, while Head Count sports are considered to be awarding a full scholarship to each athlete who receives one (even though some programs don’t have adequate funding to provide full scholarships).
- A scholarship that may be reduced or cancelled “during the period of the award” compared with “after the period of the award.” A coach may have the right to reduce or non-renew a scholarship for purely athletic reasons “after the period of the award” but a scholarship can’t be reduced for athletic reasons “during the period of the award.”
Do you Need Help Understanding your Athlete’s Scholarship Offer or Athletic Financial Aid Agreement?
In a confidential phone consultation, we can review your scholarship offer and give you objective advice and information related to your offer.
Examples of this include:
- Comparing the breakdown of the award and reviewing the financial aid conditions & criteria that must be met to retain the award. (Sometimes the offer is different than the official agreement and that can create problems for the athlete down the road).
- Reviewing the academic standards required by the school to retain the award. (Are the university’s scholarship requirements higher than what is required by the NCAA?)
- Considering whether a revision to the scholarship offer might be appropriate.
To schedule a scholarship offer review, schedule a scholarship consultation online or call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.