4/25/08 - Tip of the Week - 4-yr Transfers and Eligibility for Financial Aid

Happy, Happy Friday SBU'ers,

This weeks Tip is a reminder of legislation that went into effect on August 1, 2007 and is quite a change from previous years application. NCAA Bylaw 14.5.5.4 states that a 4-year transfer can receive an athletic scholarship during that first year at the certifying institution only if he or she would have been academically eligible at the previous academic institution. We have had a few questions this spring relating to four year transfers who were initially enrolled full time in the spring semester, but have since dropped all of their classes. In cases such as this, that student-athlete will not be eligible at the previous institution, as they have failed to pass 6 credit hours, and more than likely have failed to meet the 18 hour requirement as well, making them ineligible at that institution.

Below is an e-mail that was sent to all coaching staff members back in February of 2007, which also contains the applicable legislation.

Please review and let me know of any questions or concerns.

Heath


SBU Coaches:

Just something to keep in mind as you are recruiting for next academic year. In the past, 4-year transfers were eligible to receive financial aid from the certifying institution irregardless of whether they were eligible to compete at their previous institution. Effective August 1, 2007, four year transfers can only receive an athletic scholarship if they were eligible to compete at their previous institution. I don't know who or how many this will effect, but this is a change in legislation that could impact who you recruit.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Just something to keep in mind - the following bylaw goes into effect August 1, 2007. At that time, we will not be able to award financial aid to a 4-year transfer until we receive word from the previous institution that he/she would have been eligible to compete at that institution - via our transfer eligibility questionnaire that we send out to the previous institution.

Please review and let me know if you have any questions - we will have to stay on top of this.

Heath

14.5.5.4 Eligibility for Institutional Athletically Related Financial Aid Effective Date: Aug 01, 2007

A transfer student from a four-year institution may receive institutional athletically related financial aid during his or her first academic year at the certifying institution only if he or she would have been academically eligible to compete during the next regular academic term had the student-athlete remained at the previous institution. A student-athlete who transfers from a four-year institution to a two-year institution and then to the certifying institution shall complete at least one regular academic term of enrollment at the two-year institution to be eligible for institutional athletically related financial aid at the certifying institution. (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/07, Revised: 1/8/07 effective 8/1/07)