The NCAA has granted Michigan State wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett's request for a residence waiver, so he will be eligible to play in 2012, the school announced today.
I was curious if anyone on the board knew if regular financial aid is available to D-1 student athletes who are not eligible for athletic scholarships.
In the Ivies (which don't offer official athletic scholarships), it is widely accepted that student athetes recieve more generous need-based aid packages than the regular student body. This aid often simulates the scholarships offered by other programs.
The question I have is: in the case of students who are ineligible for athletic scholarships (see Arnett, DeAnthony), can the regular financial aid process be used to help them pay for school? i.e. could he be admitted and given a full ride based on economic means, thereby allowing him to play on the team without giving an official athletic scholarship?
This would seem to be a massive loophole that could subvert the scholarship limits, so I could imagine the NCAA would have some restrictions in place, but am not sure. Can anyone here shed some insight?
FWIW ESPN Rumor Central says that after the visit Arnett "may" be leaning towards committing to Michigan on Wednesday.
Kind of sounds like its just the author's speculation, but either way its good news.
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