Daily Compliance Item- 3.26.15- 15.2.8.1.2.3- Summer School Aid

Clay Court is a full athletic scholarship men’s tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  Clay was also awarded an academic scholarship, so his athletic aid was reduced pursuant to NCAA financial aid limits.  His equivalency against team limits is now 75%. 
Clay is going to attend summer school and OSU would like to provide athletic aid to help with expenses.  Which of the following is a true statement?
A. Clay  may receive a 75% scholarship to attend summer school
B. Clay  may receive a full scholarship to attend summer school
C. Clay  may not receive any athletic aid to attend summer school
D.  None of the above
The answer is BNCAA Bylaw 15.2.8.1.2.3 states that if an institution provides a student-athlete with a full athletics grant during the academic year but is required to reduce the grant in accordance with Bylaw 15.1.4 (reduction when excess aid is awarded), the institution may provide the student-athlete full athletically related financial aid to attend the institution’s summer term.

Daily Compliance Item- 10/1/14- 15.3.4.2- Re-Awarding Aid

Bo Gee is a golf student-athlete that withdrew from Ocean State University during the second week of classes.  Bo was receiving a 50% scholarship and the coaches would like to re-award that aid to another student-athlete this semester.  Is that permissible?
No.  The aid may not be re-awarded until the subsequent term.  NCAA Bylaw 15.3.4.2 states that institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability may be reduced or canceled during the period of the award if the recipient: (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/11/94, 1/10/95, 1/9/96, 12/13/05, 9/11/07)
(a) Renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition;
(b) Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement (see Bylaw 15.3.4.2.3);
(c) Engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty (see Bylaw 15.3.4.2.4); or
(d) Voluntarily (on his or her own initiative) withdraws from a sport at any time for personal reasons; however, the recipient’s financial aid may not be awarded to another student-athlete in the academic term in which the aid was reduced or canceled.  A student-athlete’s request for written permission to contact another four-year collegiate institution regarding a possible transfer does not constitute a voluntary withdrawal. 

Daily Compliance Item- 9/9/14- 15.5.4.1- Baseball Equivalencies

Ocean State University baseball coaches are finalizing their roster and determining if there are any deficiencies in meeting the minimum requirement for scholarships. 
Curve Ball, a student-athlete on the team is receiving a 15% athletic scholarship and $5000 in academic aid.  The combination of the two aid sources equates to a 25% scholarship.  The academic aid qualifies for an exemption, but if the coaches choose to count it against team limits can they also use it to meet the 25% requirement?
Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 8/18/08- Financial Aid Used to Calculate Minimum Equivalency Value in Baseball (I)- states that in baseball, institutional financial aid that could otherwise be exempted from an institution’s equivalency computation (e.g., academic honor awards) may be used to meet an individual student-athlete’s minimum equivalency value, provided the aid is also counted toward the maximum institutional grant-in-aid limitation.  In such cases, the full amount of the award must count toward the individual student-athlete’s equivalency and the institutional grant-in-aid limitation.
[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.02.4 (financial aid), 15.1.2 (types of aid included in limit) and 15.5.4.1 (minimum equivalency value)]
NCAA Bylaw 15.5.4.1 states that an institution shall provide each counter athletically related and other countable financial aid that is equal to or greater than 25 percent of an equivalency.  (Adopted: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/08 for student-athletes who initially enroll full time at any four-year collegiate institution on or after 8/1/08, Revised:  8/9/07)

Daily Compliance Item- 5/29/13- 15.3.4.2.5- Relinquish Aid

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 15.3.4.2.5 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.

Daily Compliance Item- 5/20/13- 15.2.8.1.2, 16.5.2- Summer Aid vs. Summer Expenses

Clay Court is a tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University.  Clay and a few of his teammates have qualified for the NCAA championships, so they are required to remain on campus to practice.  Additionally, Clay has enrolled in summer school classes that will take place while he is preparing for the tournament.  Clay is receiving a full athletic scholarship to cover his summer school expenses.  As part of his full scholarship, Clay will receive the full cost of room and board.

Is it permissible for Ocean State University to provide Clay with the same room and board stipend as his teammates that are not enrolled in summer school?

No.  Clay is receiving financial aid to cover the full cost of room and board, and he is not permitted to receive any expenses in excess of the full cost of room and board.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 5/13/11- Summer Financial Aid and Vacation Period Expenses (I)- states that a student-athlete who is enrolled in an institution’s summer term, and is required to remain on campus for organized practice sessions (e.g., practice in preparation for an NCAA championship), may receive financial aid in accordance with the summer financial-aid legislation and vacation-period expenses, provided the student-athlete does not receive vacation-period expenses, in combination with any room and board financial aid, in excess of the full cost of room and board (as determined for financial aid purposes) during the time in which the student-athlete is required to remain on campus for practice or competition.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 15.2.8.1.2 (enrolled student-athletes), 16.5.2 (vacation-period expenses) and staff interpretation (04/12/1991, Item Ref d), which has been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 3/25/13- 15.5.1, 15.5.1.1- Institutional Aid

Dub Ell  is a baseball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  Dub is not on athletic aid, but he is receiving an institutional scholarship based on his academic success.  As part of the application for this scholarship, Dub was asked to list his achievements and extracurricular activities.  Dub included both athletic and academic accomplishments.  Since the application did not specifically request information related to Dub’s athletic participation and the selection committee will not use such information when determining scholarship recipients, can OSU certify that this scholarship is unrelated to athletics ability and therefore not consider Dub to be a counter for the baseball team?

Yes.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 3/12/12- Certification of Institutional Aid Unrelated to Athletics Ability (I)- states that an institution is not permitted to certify that a student-athlete’s institutional financial aid is unrelated in any degree to athletics ability if the student-athlete’s athletics participation or achievements are criteria specifically requested as part of the application process for such aid. An institution may certify that the student-athlete’s aid is unrelated in any degree to athletics ability (even if the student-athlete lists athletics participation or achievements as part of his or her extracurricular activities), provided such factors were not specifically requested as part of the application process and were not taken into consideration in awarding the institutional aid to the student-athlete.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.5.1 (counters), 15.5.1.1 (no athletics aid — certification required), 15.5.1.2 (football or basketball, varsity competition); and a staff interpretation (09/12/11, Item No. a), which has been archived]

 

PLEASE NOTE:  There are several secondary violations posted on LSDBi involving certification of non-countable financial aid.  Institutions need to make sure that the official certification of a student-athlete’s noncounter status is completed by the institution prior to the first competition…this includes obtaining signatures on the designated forms.

Daily Compliance Item- 12/17/12- 15.3.3.1.1

Strike Zone is a softball student-athlete at Ocean State University.  Strike is a senior and will graduate at the end of the spring 2013 semester.  Strike has worked hard both on and off the field, so the coaches would like to reward her by providing an athletic scholarship for the spring 2013 semester.  Since Strike has never received athletic aid before, is this permissible?

 

Yes.  NCAA Bylaw 15.3.3.1.1 states that an institution may award athletically related financial aid to a student-athlete for a period of less than one academic year only under the following circumstances:  (Adopted:  4/27/06 effective 8/1/06)

(a) Midyear Enrollment.  A student-athlete whose first full-time attendance at the certifying institution during a particular academic year occurs at midyear (e.g., the beginning of the second semester or second or third quarter of an academic year) may receive a financial aid award for the remainder of that academic year. (Revised:  5/9/06)

(b) Final Semester/Quarter.  A student-athlete may receive athletically related financial aid for less than one academic year, provided the student is in the final semester or final two quarters of his or her degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements.

(c) Graduated During Previous Academic Year and Will Exhaust Eligibility During the Following Fall Term.  A student-athlete who graduated during the previous academic year (including summer) and will exhaust his or her athletics eligibility during the following fall term may be awarded athletically related financial aid for less than one academic year.  (Adopted:  1/15/11 effective 8/1/11)

(d) One-Time Exception.  One time during a student-athlete’s enrollment at the certifying institution he or she may be awarded athletics aid for less than a full academic year, provided the student-athlete has been enrolled full time at the certifying institution for at least one regular academic term and has not previously received athletically related financial aid from the certifying institution.  (Revised: 5/19/09)

 

(e) Eligibility Exhausted/Medical Noncounter.  A student-athlete who has exhausted eligibility and is exempt from counting (per Bylaw 15.5.1.6) in the institution’s financial aid limit, or a student-athlete who is exempt from counting (per Bylaw 15.5.1.3) due to an injury or illness may receive athletically related financial aid for less than one academic year.  If an institution awards aid under this provision, the institutional financial aid agreement shall include specific nonathletically related conditions (e.g., academic requirements) the student-athlete must satisfy in order for the aid to be renewed for the next academic term or terms.  If the student-athlete satisfies the specified conditions, the institution shall award financial aid at the same amount for the next term or terms of the academic year.  If the student-athlete does not satisfy the specified conditions, he or she must be provided a hearing opportunity per Bylaw 15.3.2.4.  (Adopted:  4/24/08 effective 8/1/08)

Daily Compliance Item- 10/17/12- 15.5.1.6- Relinquish Last Season of Eligibility

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.

Daily Compliance Item- 9/17/12- 11.01.4- Undergraduate Coach Employment

Boot Leg is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  Boot was significantly injured during the season last year and was told he will never again be able to participate in the sport.  Boot really wants to stay at OSU to complete his degree and remain a part of the football program, so the coaches are allowing him to keep his full scholarship and serve as an undergraduate assistant coach.  OSU is closed for a week in October for fall break, but Boot is unable to go home to see his family.  The coaches would like to pay Boot to do some extra clerical jobs during that week.  Since Boot is receiving a full athletic scholarship, is OSU permitted to provide Boot with additional compensation during this vacation period?

No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 12/6/95-Employment of Undergraduate Assistant Coach in Athletics Department- states that it is not permissible for an institution to provide additional compensation (in excess of the value of a full grant) to an undergraduate coach for coaching duties performed during a vacation period. [References: NCAA Bylaws 11.02.5-(e) (coach, undergraduate assistant); 15.02.4.3-(c) (exempted institutional financial aid); 15.2.6.3 (Christmas vacation employment); and NCAA Interpretations Committee minute, 10/07/93, Item No. 2)]