FAQs about NCAA

When does the year start in the USA College system?
First Semester: August – December
Second Semester: January/February – May

Can you get jobs while on your USA college scholarship?
You can get part-time work on campus through your coaches or the staff at the university! Any other job outside the college requires a social security number and a working visa. This all depends on what Visa you have. However, we do not suggest this as attending a USA college while on a student-athlete scholarship is already a full-time job!

What is a Redshirt?
A redshirt is a year where a student-athlete maintains their scholarship (academic or sporting) when they don’t compete for the team. The redshirt is applicable for 12 months.  A redshirt can be enforced to:
• improve grades to meet university standards
• Improve playing ability for the next season
• Injured or sick on the basis you are recovering within 12 months!

Can you get a student loan?
You cannot get a loan from NCAA. Also, every university is different, and some may help out students who are in desperate need of a financial assistance, even after their USA college scholarship. The amount a student pays plays a role in their USA college selection, so please contact Platform and get started!

What is amateurism certification and why is it so crucial for incoming student-athletes?
The collegiate model of sports is centred on the fact that those who participate are students first and not professional athletes. Amateurism certification ensures this is the case and that NCAA amateurism regulations are applied uniformly for incoming Division I and II student-athletes. The process is a collaborative effort among student-athletes, the colleges and universities they hope to attend and the NCAA Eligibility Center. In Division III, amateur certification is completed solely by the school.

The amateurism certification process begins as prospective Division I and II student-athletes register with the Eligibility Center. Each prospective student-athlete is asked several questions about his or her sports-participation history. If the answers indicate a possible violation of amateurism standards, the amateurism certification staff works
with the college or university to determine the facts. If a violation of amateurism standards occurred, a penalty would be imposed based on the severity of the violations. Penalties include repayment of money, sitting out a specified number of games or, in rare cases, permanent ineligibility. Schools may appeal amateurism certification decisions.

Can a college-bound student-athlete be paid for appearing in a commercial or receiving an endorsement?
College-bound and current student-athletes who want to compete at Division I and II schools need to preserve their eligibility by meeting NCAA amateurism requirements. If a college-bound student-athlete is paid for appearing in a television commercial or receives an endorsement before he or she is accepted at an NCAA member school, his or her eligibility could be affected.

If the college-bound student-athlete was chosen for the commercial or other events for reasons other than athletic ability, he or she might be compensated. If the college-bound student-athlete was chosen to participate because of his or her athletic ability, he or she may not be paid. However, the prospective student-athlete may receive expenses related to the commercial event such as meals or lodging.

Can a student-athlete accept prize money?
In all sports except tennis, a student-athlete or prospective student-athlete may accept prize money as long as the amount of the prize is less than or equal to his or her expenses for participating in the competition, such as meals or lodging. The prize money may not pay for the expenses of parents or coaches.

In tennis, a prospective student-athlete may accept up to $10,000 per year in prize money. Once he or she has received $10,000 in prize money in a particular year, he or she may accept additional prize money on a per-event basis as long as the amount of the prize does not exceed his or her expenses. A current tennis student-athlete may receive prize money as long as the amount of the prize is less than or equal to his or her expenses for participating in the competition.

How are penalties for breaches of conduct decided?
If the NCAA staff concludes its investigation and believes major violations occurred, the case is then considered by the Committee on Infractions, comprised of representatives from member colleges and universities and some members of the public.

Cases are reviewed during a hearing of the committee or, when all parties agree on the violations, through a written summary disposition report. The committee then writes a report that documents its specific findings, the penalties and the supporting reasons for the decisions. Sanctions are intended to deter schools from breaking the rules and to eliminate any unfair competitive advantage.

The Infractions Appeals Committee, independent of the Committee on Infractions, hears appeals from either the institution or the involved individual on the findings, the penalties or both. This committee also is made up of representatives from member colleges and universities and some members of the public.
 
Is a scholarship a binding contract between a student-athlete and a school? No. The scholarship is an agreement between the school and the student-athlete with expectations on both sides, but the agreement is completely separate from transfer regulations. A student-athlete may choose to transfer at any time. With multi-year scholarships now available for Division I schools, those colleges and universities have the option to offer athletics financial aid for more than one year.

Such an agreement requires the school to provide financial aid to the student-athlete in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement. However, the agreement does not bind the student-athlete to the institution any more than the current transfer rules – he or she may transfer during the term of the award.

If student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent, he or she cannot transfer during the initial year of competition without penalty.

Can a coach cancel a student-athlete scholarship?
Depending on various circumstances, a school can choose not to renew or cancel a student-athlete scholarship*. The school has the choice to reduce or cancel the scholarship at the end of the period of the award.  The school could also cancel the scholarship during the period of the award under the following circumstances:
• Student-athlete becomes ineligible
• Student-athlete commits fraud
• Misconduct
• Quits the team for personal reasons
 
*Note that scholarships outside of the athletics department may be handled differently by the institution.
This information is sourced from NCAA. It can found at: http://www.ncaa.org/about/frequently-asked-questions-about-ncaa