Alley is a women’s tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Alley is in her 4th year of enrollment and participating in her 3rd season of competition. Alley will graduate in May and will begin graduate school at OSU. Because graduate classes will be pretty demanding on her time, Alley has decided that she will not utilize her 4th season of competition during the 2013-14 academic year. Because Alley has been an exceptional student-athlete at OSU, the head coach would like to provide her with one more year of athletic aid.
If Alley receives the athletic scholarship during the 2013-14 academic year, will she count against the team’s limits since she is not going to participate on the team?
Yes. NCAA Official Interpretation- 4/27/89-Graduate student-athlete renouncing eligibility and receiving exempted athletically related financial assistance- states that a graduate student-athlete with remaining eligibility under NCAA rules may not renounce his or her eligibility in a sport, and continue to receive athletically related financial aid and be exempt from counting in the maximum number of financial aid awards in the sport.