Friday, April 29, 2011

The Truth about a 4 year scholarship

Ask Coach Taylor: Is My Scholarship Guaranteed for all 4 Years?

April 26th, 2011 - by Kate Heidenreich
Coach Taylor- Is my scholarship guaranteed for all 4 years?

An athletic scholarship is not guaranteed for all four years. They are awarded for one academic year at a time and officially called “National Letters of Intents”. However, they are offered with the expectation that it will be renewed each year on the basis of continued progress on both the field and in the classroom. Getting an athletic scholarship doesn’t mean you can now coast through school until graduation. It is common for most college coaches to make verbal commitments of 4 years. However, it is important to keep in mind that verbal commitments are not legally binding. The decision to renew a scholarship is made on a year-by-year basis, depending on the regulations of the institution.
If you are receiving an athletic scholarship, the scholarship may be reduced or canceled during the academic year ONLY if you:
  • Make yourself ineligible for the NCAA competition
  • Misrepresent any information on your application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement
  • Receive a substantial disciplinary penalty due to serious misconduct
  • Voluntarily quit the team
Athletic scholarships cannot be reduced, canceled or increased during the year they are awarded based on your athletic performance or team’s success or because an injury prevents you from participating.
If you are receiving an athletic scholarship, the institution must notify you in writing on or before July 1 whether the aid has been renewed or not. Though there are no four-year athletic scholarships in NCAA Division 1 or II, one-year scholarships can be renewed annually for a maximum of five years within a six-year period.

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