CT Sports Law Inbox: NCAA Deadline for Scholarship Renewal

Last fall, I wrote a post entitled When Can a School Take Away Your Scholarship?, concerning NCAA rules on the cancellation of athletic scholarships.  I followed that post with Can a School Take Away Your Scholarship During the School Year?  Here is a recent question that I received on this topic that is worth sharing.

Question:

Is there was a deadline by which a school is required to notify a student-athlete that it will not be renewing his or her athletic scholarship, in light of the fact that the student-athlete would require time to enroll in another school?

Answer:

Yes, the deadline is July 1 according to NCAA Bylaw 15.3.5.1 (for Division I).

15.3.5.1 Institutional Obligation. The renewal of institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability shall be made on or before July 1 prior to the academic year in which it is to be effective. The institution shall promptly notify in writing each student-athlete who received an award the previous academic year and who has eligibility remaining in the sport in which financial aid was awarded the previous academic year (under Bylaw 14.2)whether the grant has been renewed or not renewed for the ensuing academic year. Notification of financial aid renewals and nonrenewals must come from the institution’s regular financial aid authority and not from the institution’s athletics department. (Revised: 1/10/95)

Have a sports law question?  If so, please post a comment or send me an email. 

Comments

  1. That a Great opportunity for them,
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  2. Does the reduction letter have to be sent by july 1st or it has to be recieved by the athlete by july 1st? Also can the institution deny an appeal and does the coach have to provide reasons why the scholarship is being taken?

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