R.B.I is a prospect that signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Ocean State University (OSU) next year. R.B.I will attend summer school (on athletics aid) prior to enrolling this fall. R.B.I does not qualify for any institutional aid and therefore will only receive athletics aid (50%). R.B.I gets hurt during his summer league play and might not be able to play at OSU during the 2013-14 academic year. With the severity of his injury uncertain, R.B.I. tells the coach that he would like to relinquish his athletic aid for the 2013-14 academic year and have his parents pay for his educational expenses.
Is it possible for R.B.I. to relinquish his aid and allow OSU to provide that money to another student-athlete?
No. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199.5 states that before becoming a counter for an academic year pursuant to a one-year grant-in-aid, if a prospective student-athlete or student-athlete is awarded institutional financial aid unrelated to athletics that is of equal or greater value than his or her signed award of athletically related financial aid, the prospective student-athlete or student-athlete may, on his or her initiative, release the institution of its obligation to provide the athletically related financial aid.
NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/21/11- Student-Athlete’s Voluntary Release of Institution’s Obligation to Provide Athletically Related Financial Aid (I)- states that once a prospective or enrolled student-athlete signs an institution’s financial aid agreement, it is not permissible to voluntarily release the institution’s obligation to provide athletically related financial aid, except under the conditions set forth in the release of obligation to provide athletically related financial aid legislation.