On July 30, 2012, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning the notification of summer financial aid awards. Specifically, the staff confirmed that “an institution that is providing a financial aid award to a student-athlete for attendance at the institution’s summer session is not required to provide the recipient with a written statement of the amount, duration, conditions or terms of the award.”
This interpretation referenced NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.2.8 (summer financial aid) and 220.127.116.11 (written statement requirement); a staff interpretation (5/31/12, Item c) and an official interpretation (10/14/92, Item No. 5-c-(4)) which have been archived].
In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for athletics staff members and institutional staff members whose responsibilities interface with athletics aid.