A student-athlete at NKU may either be on a full scholarship, also known as a full grant-in-aid, or a partial grant-in-aid scholarship. The amount awarded to the student-athlete is determined by that sport’s head coach. Included in a full grant-in-aid are tuition (which may or may not cover certain fees), room, board and required books. A partial grant-in-aid scholarship may cover some or part of the tuition, room, board, and/or required books. Your grant-in-aid amount will be documented on your Aid Agreement and the period of these awards cannot exceed one year. If you have questions regarding your grant-in-aid and what it covers, contact your head coach.

Your Cost of Attendance, or COA, is something that is calculated by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Included in the COA are tuition, room, board, books, transportation and miscellaneous expenses. Your athletics grant-in-aid amount shall not exceed the university’s COA.

 

Increase, Reduction or Cancellation of Aid

If you are a recipient of a grant-in-aid scholarship, your award is given on a one-year basis. Each year you are eligible for playing, you will receive notification in writing by July 1st as to whether your scholarship has been renewed, reduced, or cancelled.

Also, it is possible that your head coach may request for your scholarship to be increased during a given award year. If your scholarship amount increases, you will be required to sign a renewal agreement for the athletic department.

Under the following circumstances, your athletics financial aid may be reduced or canceled during the term of the award if:

  • You become ineligible for intercollegiate competition
  • You provide false information to Northern Kentucky University or the NCAA
  • You engage in serious misconduct
  • You voluntarily withdraw from a sport for personal reasons.

You should also be aware that your aid must be reduced or canceled if:

  • You sign a professional sports contract for your sport
  • You accept money for playing in an athletics contest which exceeds the cost of a full grant
  • You agree to be represented by an agent
  • You receive other aid that exceeds your individual NCAA or federal limits

Your athletics financial aid may NOT be reduced or canceled for these reasons:

  • Your athletics ability, performance or contribution to the team’s success.
  • Because you incur an injury, illness, or physical or mental medical condition.
  • For any other athletics reason.

 

Athletics Appeal Policy and Procedures

Upon written notification from the Office of Student Financial Assistance that a student-athlete’s grant-in-aid is reduced or canceled during the period of the award, or not renewed, the student-athlete may appeal the decision by submitting a written request within 14 calendar days of the notification. This written request should be sent to the Student Financial Assistance Appeals Committee with the attention to “Athletic Appeal,” or it can be emailed to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, ofa@nku.edu, with a subject “Athletic Appeal.” If sending the appeal through mail, the address is: Administrative Center 416 Nunn Drive Highland Heights, KY 41099. The written request must include:

  • Student’s name, student number, year in school, and sport
  • Type and amount of previous financial aid
  • Reason decision was unfair, including names of institutional staff members with whom the student has discussed the aid
  • Copies of any relevant document(s)

A student-athlete has the option of submitting the written material for review by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee or submitting the written material and requesting an in-person hearing with the Committee. Per NCAA Bylaw 15.3.2.3, the Financial Aid Appeals Committee will conduct the hearing within 30 consecutive calendar days of receiving the student-athlete’s request.

∗ If the student submits the written material for review the following procedures apply:

The student submits his/her appeal (guidelines above) to the Office of Student Financial Assistance. The appeal is reviewed by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee along with an Ad Hoc member, the Faculty Athletics Representative. The Committee reviews the case and may ask for additional documents if necessary. The Committee may accept, reject, or modify the decision of the Department of Athletics. The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will notify the student in writing of the decision no later than three weeks from the Committee review. The decision of the Financial Aid Appeals Committee is final.

∗ If the student is requesting an in-person hearing the following procedures apply:

The student submits his/her request (guidelines above) to the Office of Student Financial Assistance along with a request for an in-person hearing before the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will coordinate the scheduling of the in-person hearing with the student-athlete, the coach or Director of Athletics and the Financial Aid Appeals Committee along with the Ad Hoc member, the Faculty Athletics Representative. Each party shall present its case to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. The Committee will reach a decision within 10 days and will notify each party in writing. The Committee may accept, reject, or modify the decision of the Department of Athletics. The decision of the Financial Aid Appeals Committee is final.

If the student wishes to discuss the result of the appeal, a meeting with the chair or designated member of the Financial Aid Appeals Committee would be arranged. This meeting would be informational only. The decision of the Financial Aid Appeals Committee is final. (revised May 2017)

 

Summer Aid

Your athletic aid does not cover summer courses. If you are interested in taking a summer course, please contact your head coach.