Schools Approach Funding Extra Eligibility Differently

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After the NCAA granted extended eligibility for student-athletes in spring sports whose seasons were impacted by COVID-19 and the ensuing cancellations the outbreak caused, schools have begun stepping up to the plate.

While the NCAA decision opened the door for programs to grant extra eligibility to student-athletes, individual schools are still able to decide how to provide the additional financial aid. Schools can offer the full aid package, partial aid, or none at all. 

The Oregonian reports that Oregon State University will fund the athletic aid package of any senior student-athlete who wishes to return and participate in 2020-21, AD Scott Barnes said on Wednesday. The school has 28 spring sport seniors eligible for extra eligibility — though according to The Oregonian not all are expected to return, and the group receives different levels of athletic aid.

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