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What Are the Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Scholarships?

Some of these answers may surprise you, but knowing them will prove helpful.


Understanding how scholarships are awarded can be very helpful throughout the recruiting process. Each coach has to work within the NCAA scholarship limit for his particular sport, division, and gender. For example, menís NCAA Division I golf programs are allowed to award a maximum of 4.5 full scholarships annually. This raises a number of relevant questions.

Does it make a difference if the student has in-state or out-of-state residency?

Yes, golf is an equivalency sport for NCAA purposes. In this case, each student- athleteís countable athletic aid is divided by his actual cost of education to determine his scholarship percentage or equivalency. If the student-athlete has a higher cost of education (because he is from out of state) then his relative equivalency would be lower. This only applies to public universities that have different tuition rates based on residency. The total equivalencies for a teamís roster cannot exceed 4.5 in menís NCAA Division I golf.

Do all menís NCAA Division I golf programs award 4.5 scholarships annually?

No, just because they are allowed to award 4.5 scholarships doesnít necessarily mean they are fully funded or able to offer scholarships. Some NCAA Division I programs, because of institutional philosophy or budget constraints, actually give little to no golf scholarships at all. This is a very good question to ask a coach early on in the recruiting process.

Are scholarships guaranteed for four years?

Coaches are allowed to award multi-year scholarships, however they typically offer annual renewable scholarships instead. Generally, schools will renew (or even increase) a student-athleteís scholarship as long as he/she is academically eligible, making satisfactory progress with their golf game, and following team rules. If a student-athleteís scholarship is reduced or cancelled they do have the right to appeal the decision to a university committee. In the recruiting process, coaches are now allowed to promise scholarships for four years.

Is it true that student-athletes sometimes give up a portion of their scholarships to help the coach recruit?

Yes, in some cases an existing collegiate player will relinquish some or all of his/her scholarship in order to help the team. In this scenario, the coach would then have additional scholarship money available to recruit and may, therefore, be able to sign a higher ranked player. Some of the nationís elite junior players may be awarded full scholarships for their freshman years only and then be expected (or at least asked) to give up a portion of them in subsequent years. This is not a common practice, but it does happen occasionally at the elite programs.

Do coaches award scholarships based on a percentage or on the actual dollar value?

The answer is both. In some cases a coach will offer a recruit a percentage of his/her actual cost of education. If that cost increases due to inflation, the same percentage will apply. Other coaches only award a specific dollar amount to a recruit, leaving the student-athlete responsible to cover any differences or increases caused by inflation. Programs that are fully funded generally award scholarships on a percentage basis. Those that are not fully funded (especially for budgetary reasons) may elect to award a specific dollar amount only.

Do nonathletic scholarships count against a teamís NCAA limit?

I recommend that student-athletes apply for as many scholarships as possible. In some cases these scholarships will count against a teamís NCAA limit, and if the program is already at its maximum, the scholarship will have to be declined. In a case where the program has not yet reached its maximum, a student-athlete would be allowed and encouraged to keep an outside scholarship even if it is countable against NCAA limits. Many outside scholarships are noncountable and do not affect a teamís limit. These are generally scholarships that are available to all students and are not awarded by the institution. The NCAA and/or the school you are considering attending can tell you whether or not the scholarship is countable and whether or not you will be allowed to accept it. In no case may a player receive more scholarship money (from all sources) than his/her total cost of attendance under new NCAA bylaws. This will include tuition, fees, books, room, board and expenses (such as transportation) related to cost of attendance at the particular school.

Are full scholarships common in the sport of golf?

For womenís NCAA Division I golf programs, a fair number of recruits are offered full scholarships. These programs are allowed to award 6 full scholarships annually. With less demand for these scholarships and more money available to give, it is common to see players earn full scholarships. In menís NCAA Division I golf, a small number of players may receive full scholarships. These are generally offered to the nationís most elite junior players and those who are being heavily recruited. A 50 percent scholarship is much more common in menís golf.

If you have other relevant questions regarding scholarships and would like them answered, feel free to email me at rednumbersgolf@comcast.net and I will attempt to offer you a helpful answer. Hopefully these FAQs have provided useful information that will benefit you throughout the college placement process.

Coach Brooks
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