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College Sports, Division I

New NCAA Division I Interpretation: Calculation of Books in Proportion of Summer Financial Aid Received

On September 5, 2012, the academic  and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning the calculation of financial aid during the summer to for student-athletes. Specifically, the staff confirmed that “when an institution is determining the amount of financial aid a student-athlete may receive during the summer term (i.e., the equivalency value), the institution must include a value for books in computing the value of a full grant for the summer (i.e., $800 for the entire summer).”

This interpretation referenced  NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.2.3 (books), 15.2.8.1.2 (enrolled student-athletes); official interpretations (11/20/1991) and (04/26/1991), which have been archived.]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 who interface with athletics aid.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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