Daily Compliance Item- 8.5.16- 15.2.8.1.4- 6 Hour Enrollment Requirement

Lib E. Ro is a freshman volleyball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Lib enrolled in 6 hours during the summer 2 session and is receiving athletics aid. The summer term ends next friday. Lib is not doing well in one of the classes, so she would like to drop it. Will OSU have a violation if Lib drops below 6 hours?

No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 6/29/05- Summer Athletics Financial Aid Prior to Initial Full-Time Enrollment at the Certifying Institution (I)– states that with regard to an institution providing athletically related financial aid to individuals during the summer prior to initial, full-time enrollment at the certifying institution and confirmed that:

(1)An institution that offers multiple summer school sessions may award athletically related financial aid to a prospective student-athlete to attend any session prior to initial, full-time collegiate enrollment, provided the prospect satisfies the minimum academic-hours requirement during the entire summer (i.e., either during a single summer session or by combining hours from multiple summer sessions);

(2)A prospective student-athlete may satisfy the minimum academic-hours requirement by initially enrolling in six hours of academic degree credit (other than physical activity courses) during the summer, even if the prospect does not complete such hours; and

(3)A prospective student-athlete who receives athletically-related financial aid during the summer prior to initial, full-time enrollment at the certifying institution may receive summer financial aid for a maximum of five summers.

[References: NCAA Bylaw 15.2.8.1.4 (summer financial aid — prior to initial, full-time enrollment at the certifying institution — athletics aid); 2/16/00 official interpretation, Item No. 3 and 4/11/00 official interpretation, Item No. 11-(c)-3, which have been archived]

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