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Guidelines and Policies for Eligibility and Financial Aid for Student Athletes - 4A8

  1. General Guidelines

    1. Undergraduate students are admitted to the University in accordance with established entrance requirements. Graduate students are admitted to degree programs in accordance with established policies of the Graduate School.

    2. Students receiving financial aid shall observe University, state, and federal regulations governing financial awards.

    3. University financial aid awards are granted according to criteria developed by the Financial Aid Advisory Committee and approved by the Chancellor.

    4. Undergraduate students are required to make normal academic progress as defined by policies governing their undergraduate status in order to maintain financial aid and eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics.

    5. Students participating in intercollegiate athletics are expected to adhere to University standards on class attendance.

  2. Eligibility for Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics

    1. To qualify for participation in Intercollegiate Athletics it is necessary that the undergraduate student:

      1. Be certified by the Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse as having fulfilled the NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility, or be certified by the Office of Admissions as having fulfilled the NCAA requirements for transfer eligibility.

      2. Be an enrolled student in good standing registered for a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit during the semesters of participation, be attending classes and be pursuing the successful completion of courses.

      3. Be certified by the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs as having fulfilled the NCAA satisfactory progress requirement for each year following the first year of participation.

      4. Receive a minimum of 24 hours of degree credit during each year of eligibility, and pass at least 18 hours of acceptable credit during the regular academic terms. (Exception: The 24 hours may include up to 12 hours of Academic Development course work if taken during the freshman year).

      5. Officially declare a major course of study by the beginning of the fifth semester of enrollment.

      6. Pass an annual physical examination.

      7. Not be under any student sanction which requires disciplinary probation or separation.

      8. Comply with University and NCAA requirements including, but not limited to, those regarding season of competition, amateur status, awards and benefits, ethical conduct, financial assistance, student-athlete statement, and outside competition.

    2. To qualify for participation in Intercollegiate Athletics, it is necessary that the graduate student:

      1. Have previously attended SIUE as an undergraduate student-athlete, or fulfills the requirements of an (NCAA) one-time transfer exception and has eligibility remaining per NCAA regulations.

      2. Have eligibility remaining under the NCAA's ten-semester rule.

      3. Be admitted to the Graduate School and be enrolled as a student in good standing for a minimum of 9 semester hours of graduate level course work during each semester of participation, attend classes regularly, and pursue the successful completion of courses.

      4. Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average each semester of enrollment as a graduate student.

      5. Pass an annual physical examination.

      6. Not be under any student sanction which requires disciplinary probation or separation.

      7. Comply with University and NCAA requirements including, but not limited to, those regarding season of competition, amateur status, awards and benefits, ethical conduct, financial assistance, student-athlete statement, and outside competition.

  3. Athletic Awards

    1. Athletic scholarships are awarded on an annual basis, but are reviewed each academic term. The faculty Academic Counselor for Athletics will notify in writing each student athlete of her/his academic good standing status at the end of each term with copies to coaches and the athletic director. The notification letter shall indicate that lack of good standing may result in termination of financial support at the end of the current academic year.

    2. A student who fails to make normal academic progress is ineligible for athletic awards.

    3. An undergraduate student returned to good standing must reapply for a previously held athletic award. The graduate student whose grade point average drops below 3.0 is placed on academic warning and may not be eligible for continued athletic awards as identified in this section. Should an athletic award be withdrawn for reason of academic warning, the graduate student may reapply for the previously held award when the student's grade point average again reaches 3.0.

Approved by Chancellor effective 7/18/97
This policy was issued on April 4, 2000, replacing the October 22, 1999 version.
Document Reference: 4A8
Origin: OP 4/17/84; OP 8/7/90; OP 2/27/92; OC 7/18/97