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Prospective Student-Athlete Information

Financial Aid

In addition to university requirements, student-athletes must also meet NCAA requirements for scholarships and financial aid. If you are a student-athlete (SA) at the University of Iowa, or interested in becoming a student-athlete, the following has been created to answer any questions you may have.

Financial Aid FAQ

Recruiting Materials

According to NCAA rules, the following are considered recruiting materials (this is not an all-inclusive list): general correspondence (letters, postcards), business cards, e-mails, game programs, media guides, schedule cards, student-athlete handbooks. Such materials cannot be provided to a prospect prior to September 1 at the beginning of her/his junior year in high school. In the sport of men's basketball, such materials cannot be provided to a prospect until June 15 at the conclusion of her/his sophomore year in high school.

 

Contacts

A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect {parent(s), legal guardian(s), relative(s)} and a coach that goes beyond an exchange of a greeting. In all sports, contact may not be made until July 1 following the completion of the junior year in high school (July 15 in women's gymnastics). In the sport of football, contacts generally cannot be made until the end of November of the prospect's senior year in high school.

 

Evaluations

An evaluation is any activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospect. Prospects can be evaluated at any point in their high school career, provided they occur during permissible evaluation periods.

 

Telephone Calls

In sports other than football, men's basketball and women's basketball telephone calls cannot be made until July 1 following his/her junior year in high school and are limited, with some exceptions, to one per week.

In the sport of men's basketball, an institution is permitted to make one call per month to a prospect on or after June 15 of the prospect's sophomore year in high school.

In the sport of women's basketball, an institution is permitted to make one telephone call during the month of April of the prospect's junior year on or after the Thursday after the conclusion of the NCAA Division I Women's Final Four. One telephone call is permitted during the following segments:

Three telephone calls are permitted during the month of July following the prospect's junior year in high school, with no more than one call per week. Thereafter, one call per week is permitted.

In the sport of football, one telephone call can be made to a prospect from April 15 through May 31 of his junior year in high school. Additional telephone calls cannot be made until September 1 of the prospect's senior year in high school and are limited, with some exceptions, to one per week. Unlimited telephone calls are permitted during contact periods.

Coaches can accept telephone calls from prospects at any time, provided they occur at the prospect's expense.

 

NCAA Eligibility Center/ Initial Eligibility Requirements

For information regarding the NCAA Eligibility Center and initial eligibility requirements, please visit the NCAA Eligibility Center web site (direct link located on our Links page).

 

Official Visits

An official visit is one where an institution pays the expenses associated with a prospect's visit (transportation, meals, lodging, entertainment). In order to make an official visit, a prospect must: 1) have started classes for his/her senior year in high school, 2) provided the institution with a standardized test score (PSAT, SAT, PLAN, ACT), 3) provided the institution with an academic transcript (high school or college), and 4) must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and be placed on their Institutional Request List.. Prospects are limited to 5 official visits during their senior year in high school and cannot visit an institution more than once. Please follow the link below for more information on student-athletes and hosts.

The University of Iowa Guidelines for Prospective Student-Athletes and Their Student Hosts

Unofficial Visits

An unofficial visit is one where the prospect pays his or her own expenses (transportation, meals, lodging) to visit an institution. On an unofficial visit, the only expense that an institution can provide is complimentary admissions (tickets) to a home athletics event. An institution can provide a maximum of 3 complimentary admissions (prospect plus two guests). Additional complimentary admissions must be purchased in the same manner as the general public. There is no limit on the number of unofficial visits that a prospect can make.

 

Extra Benefits and Inducements

NCAA legislation prohibits prospective student-athletes or the prospect's relatives or friends from receiving financial aid or other benefits directly from or arranged by a University of Iowa coach, student-athlete or booster. This prohibition shall apply regardless of whether similar financial aid, benefits or arrangements are available to prospective students in general, their relatives or friends. Specifically prohibited financial aid, benefits and arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following:

To protect student-athlete eligibility, it is important that both agents and student-athletes adhere to btoh NCAA rules regarding agents and University of Iowa policy.

Under NCAA Bylaw 12.3, a student-athlete may not agree verbally or in writing to be represented by an athlete agent in the present or in the future for the purpose of marketing the student-athlete's ability or reputation.  Further, a student-athlete may not accept any type of benefit from an agent (or a representative of an agent). If the student-athlete enters into such an agreement or accepts a benefit, the student-athlete becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition.

 

 

 

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