Veer is a football student-athlete who will be initially enrolling full-time at Ocean State University (OSU) this fall. He wants to get a few general requirements out of the way, so Veer has enrolled in a few summer courses at OSU. Veer will receive an athletic scholarship this summer to cover all of Veer’s expenses. Since Veer is receiving athletic aid to attend a summer session, will he be an initial and/or overall counter during the 2013-14 academic year?
Yes for both limits. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199.1 states that in football, a prospective student-athlete who receives athletically related financial aid during a summer term prior to initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution shall be an initial and overall counter for the ensuing academic year. (See Bylaws 15.02.3 and 15.5.6.) (Adopted: 1/14/12)
If Veer is deemed a non-qualifier or decides not to enroll at OSU after the summer session, will he still be an initial and/or overall counter for the 2013-14 academic year?
Yes. When Proposal 2011-75 was adopted last year, NCAA staff clarified that in football, prospective student-athlete who receives athletically related financial aid during a summer term is an initial and overall counter for the next academic year. This parameter applies even if the prospective student-athlete is a non-qualifier or does not enroll.