Can a scholarship be canceled if a student-athlete asks for permission to contact another school during the award period? Or does it depend on the school policy?
Under NCAA rules, no. Bylaw 126.96.36.199 provides that a coach or university may only cut your scholarship during the school year if you:
- Become ineligible;
- Fraudulently misrepresent any information on a university document;
- Engage in serious misconduct; or
- Voluntarily withdraw from your team.
However, this rule may not stop a coach from threatening to cancel your scholarship during the award period or even trying to do so. In this situation, a student-athlete should speak with an athletic director, compliance officer or perhaps an attorney. Also note that scholarships are almost always year-to-year, so if you ask for permission to explore a transfer but ultimately decide to stay at your present school, there is no guaranty that your scholarship will continue.
Please note that if a coach or university does attempt to cancel your scholarship during the award period (basically the school year), you have the right to appeal and to a hearing.