Athletics Service to School Award: Graduate Students

An Athletic Service to School Award for graduate students is made in accordance with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of New York Institute of Technology, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and East Coast Conference (ECC) for all sports.

A summary of terms governing this award may be found in the Athletic Agreement. Please note the following:

A student-athlete must pass a physical administered by the NYITCOM Riland Health Care Center before the first day of scheduled practice. The student athlete must also pass a concussion test with the NYIT Athletic Training Department and provide proof of sickle cell trait testing, or provide a signed Sickle Cell Waiver to the Athletic Training Staff, before the first day of scheduled practice.

An Athletic Service to School Award (Athletic Scholarship) may be renewed each year as long as the recipient achieves and maintains a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and successfully completes 18 credit hours, applicable to the student’s academic program, in each award year. For all student athletes, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and completion of a minimum of nine credits must be earned at the conclusion of the fall semester of the aid year in order to retain athletic award eligibility for the spring semester. Recipients must be matriculated and registered full-time (nine credits or more) each semester. All courses must be applicable toward the student-athlete’s degree program.

Reference 14.4.3.8.4 Graduate Student Exception: A student-athlete who is a graduate student or a student-athlete who graduates and returns for a second baccalaureate degree or who is taking coursework that would lead to the equivalent of another major or degree who is otherwise eligible for regular-season competition shall be exempt from the progress-toward-degree requirements. (Adopted 1/18/14 effective 8/1/16 for certifications of progress toward degree for fall 2016 and thereafter).

The department of athletics reserves the right to evaluate any and all instances when this policy is being utilized to drop an athletic scholarship as well as make exceptions to this policy when doing so is in the best interest of the student-athlete.

Pursuant to NCAA regulations, the athletic award and financial aid cannot exceed a determined limit. In the event that the total financial aid package exceeds the NCAA or NYIT maximum, the athletic award will be reduced in order to comply with NCAA and NYIT regulations. New York Institute of Technology reserves the right to adjust any athletic award due to the receipt of other institutional, state, and federal aid, and other exempted Government Grants (as outlined in NCAA Bylaws 15.2.4.1 and 15.02.4.4). A copy of all financial information will be on file in the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.

Student must complete all required forms as designated by the Office of Financial Aid. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file prior to the start of your first semester of attendance. Your award will not be posted to your account unless the FAFSA has been completed and is on file with the Office of Financial Aid. International student-athletes are exempt from the FAFSA requirement.

Any New York Institute of Technology student-athlete receiving a New York Institute of Technology Athletic Service to School Award may not be awarded other institutional aid per NCAA Bylaws 15.02.4.1 without prior approval from the Senior Director of Financial Aid. Other institutional aid is defined as all funds administered by New York Institute of Technology, which include, but are not limited to the following: scholarships, grants, or tuition remission. Institutional grants, scholarships, and/or tuition remission that is designated as a “tuition only” resource cannot exceed the cost of tuition and will be reduced accordingly. Any other aid received from an outside source is subject to NCAA, state, and federal aid regulations.

Other Terms and Conditions of the Athletic Service to School Award

All recipients of a New York Institute of Technology Athletic Service to School Award shall meet the admissions requirements for New York Institute of Technology as well as the initial and continuing academic eligibility standards set forth by the rules and regulations of New York Institute of Technology, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the East Coast Conference (ECC), for all sports. All New York Institute of Technology Athletic Service to School Awards are Division II and awarded by the Office of Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the Director of Athletics. This New York Institute of Technology Athletic Award offer is valid only for the stated academic year (fall/spring).

Renewal of the New York Institute of Technology Athletic Service to School Award will depend on the recipient:

  • Meeting New York Institute of Technology’s standards of satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion
  • Meeting the NCAA Progress toward degree standards for satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion in compliance with the Division II Manual. All student-athletes are required declare a major with the Office of the Registrar by their fifth semester.
    • Division II 14.4.1 Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements: To be eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletics competition, a student-athlete shall maintain progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree at that institution. (See Constitution 3.3.4.6 regarding the obligations of members to publish their progress-toward-degree requirements for student-athletes.)

This Athletic Service to School Award may be revoked, canceled, and/or nonrenewed for any of the following reasons:

  • Failure to sign and return the New York Institute of Technology Athletic Service to School Award Agreement within two weeks of the date of issue
  • Academic dismissal from New York Institute of Technology
  • Violation of team rules
  • Violation of the NCAA drug-testing program
  • Violation of New York Institute of Technology’s Code of Conduct
  • Failure to comply with NCAA regulations and/or committing a violation of NCAA regulations
  • Failure to meet New York Institute of Technology’s academic standards
  • Voluntary withdrawal from New York Institute of Technology
  • Signing a professional sports contract for this sport
  • Agreeing to be represented by an agent
  • Receiving other aid that exceeds individual financial aid limits

Additionally, per the NCAA Bylaws for the Permitted Reduction or Cancellation of Aid, the New York Institute of Technology Athletic Service to School Award may be reduced or canceled during the period of the award if the recipient:

  • Renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition; or
  • Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent, or financial aid agreement; or
  • Engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty; or
  • Voluntarily withdraws, quits, or resigns from a sport/team at any time for personal reasons

If a student-athlete voluntarily withdraws from participation in a sport, their New York Institute of Technology Athletic Service to School Award may be prorated and adjusted as of the date of withdrawal. Any reduction or cancellation of athletic award will be provided in writing to the student-athlete by the Office of Financial Aid.

Per the NCAA Bylaws regarding the Non-Permitted Reduction or Cancellation of Athletic Service to School Award, the award cannot be increased, reduced, or canceled during the period of its award on the basis of athletics ability, performance, or contribution to a team’s success; because of an injury or illness that prevents a student-athlete from participating in athletics, or for any other athletic reason.

Eligibility for Athletic Service to School Award is limited to students whose campus location is Long Island (Old Westbury) or New York City (Manhattan).