Financial Assistance & Aid Limits
Q: We’re closing residence and dining halls on my campus, and one student-athlete is displaced and unable to return home. We’d like to help provide housing or funds for the student to travel home. Can we do that?
Q: Knowing our campus is closing residence and dining halls and some students are displaced or without a reliable food source, some local nonprofit agencies are offering to help. Can our student-athletes take advantage of these opportunities?
Q: If residence or dining halls are closing for the remainder of the semester and student-athletes are displaced, can they stay with a friend until they are able to either return home or move back on campus?
Financial Aid and Maximum Team Limits
Q: Since we are unexpectedly allowing seniors in spring sports to have eligibility to return next year, that could make it hard to manage our team financial aid limits for the spring sports. Is there an exception to the financial aid limits for spring sport teams in the 2020-2021 academic year to increase the maximum amount of scholarships? (Added 4/3/2020)
Q: Our outdoor track and field team began to practice in Spring 2020, but we never got the chance to compete in any competitions. Therefore none of our track and field student-athletes meet the definition of a varsity athlete for financial aid reporting purposes. How do we report financial aid if we technically did not have any varsity athletes? (Added 4/3/2020)
Q: We have a student-athlete who competes on both the football and outdoor track and field teams. He represented our school in varsity football games in the fall of 2019, but our outdoor track and field team never actually competed in Spring 2020. Is this student-athlete still considered a dual-sport athlete and can we still split his aid between the two sports? (Added 4/3/2020)
Q: We are finding that many of our student-athletes are needing additional financial assistance due to loss of employment, necessity to change housing or living situation, and other COVID-19 related financial burdens. Our institution has the ability to assist our student-athletes through financial benefits such as the CARES Act. Can our student-athletes receive the additional aid? If so, will it be considered countable aid and count towards our team financial aid limit? (Added 4/17/2020)
As it relates to financial aid limits, generally any aid like this that is provided by your institution would meet the definition of countable aid. However, Article II, Section B, Item 1b specifically states that such aid should “not discriminate for or against presumed or recognized athletes,” meaning that institutions should be able to distribute such funds to student-athletes without negative implication. Therefore, financial benefits allocated to student-athletes through financial support such as the CARES Act and that are available to athletes and non-athletes alike will not count as countable aid and will not accumulate towards a team’s maximum upper limit.