Currently Enrolled Student-Athletes
40/60/80 Percent Rule
You must choose a major by the beginning of your junior year.
Grade Point Average
You must maintain a grade point average (GPA) if 2.0 in order to remain eligible. EXCEPTION: A student-athlete is eligible to compete and practice with a 1.70 GPA during the second semester of his/her freshman year only.
You are eligible to practice if you are enrolled in a minimum full time program of studies leading to a Bachelor's degree as defined by Villanova.
You are eligible to compete if you:
The following are rules established by the NCAA to make sure that everyone competing in intercollegiate competition remains an amateur:
Within your sport, you are not eligible for participation if you have ever:
In any sport, you are not eligible if:
Agents and Professional Leagues
If you are considering turning pro and signing with an agent, it is essential that you understand the NCAA and University rules regarding professional leagues/drafts and agents. Any violation of these rules can, and will, have a severe negative effect on your status as a student-athlete.
NCAA rules stipulate that:
NCAA rules stipulate that you are not eligible:
Any agent who tries to contact a Villanova student-athlete must be registered with the University and have declared their intention to contact you. The NCAA has asked each institution to provide a career counseling panel to aid the student-athlete in avoiding the pitfalls of dishonest agents. Villanova has established the Career Counseling Committee. The members of the Committee have expertise in the area of professional agents. The Committee will:
2. Screen and evaluate potential agents to represent you.
3. Evaluate contracts.
The Chairperson of the Committee is Katherine K. Hastings, University Associate General Counsel. For more information on the Committee, you can contact her at 610-519-7857.
There are several other rules surrounding involvement with professional teams and agents. If you are considering turning pro, if an agent has attempted to contact you, or if you have any questions, please call Gordon C. Finch Esq., Associate Athletics Director for Compliance & Student Services, at 610-519-5305 or Katie Centrella, Director of Compliance, at 610-519-6607.
You must fill out all proper paper work with the Compliance Office before you begin working.
Again, you must fill out all proper paper work with the Compliance Office before you begin working!! If you have any questions regarding employment, please contact Gordon C. Finch Esq., Associate Athletics Director for Compliance & Student Services, at 610-519-5305 or Katie Centrella, Director of Compliance, at 610-519-6607.
You are not eligible if you receive financial aid other than:
If you are receiving outside aid (i.e. booster club award, high school athletics award, rotary club award, etc.) you must report this to the Compliance Office at the beginning of the academic year.
It is permissible for a student-athlete to receive additional aid (e.g., need-based institutional scholarships, outside awards) in addition to an athletics scholarship. In some instances those scholarships are countable against the student-athlete's full grant in aid limit. If that occurs, the student-athlete may have to decline the additional scholarship due to his/her financial aid limits or the team's financial aid limit. Should the athlete choose to keep the additional scholarship, his/her athletics aid may have to be reduced in order to stay compliant with NCAA Division I financial aid rules.
A full grant-in-aid is a scholarship which includes tuition, room and board, fees and textbooks-on-loan. A partial grant-in-aid is a scholarship covering some, but not all, of the expenses covered by a full grant-in-aid.
Some Athletic Scholarship Awards include Required Textbooks-on-Loan. It is the responsibility of those student-athletes who receive such awards to follow the regulations regarding this program. Failure to comply may result in monetary charges and/or loss of the Required Textbook-on-Loan benefit.
2. Student-athletes must have the book slip signed by the Office of Academic Support and the Compliance Office. Without both signatures the University Shop will not approve the purchase.
3. At the end of each semester student athletes are required to return their books at the book buy back. For any additional information concerning the Required Textbook-on-Loan Program, contact Gordon C. Finch Esq., Associate Athletics Director for Compliance & Student Services, at 610-519-5305 or Katie Centrella, Director of Compliance, at 610-519-6607.
An Athletic Grant - In - Aid is a financial award given to a student-athlete based upon athletic ability or sports performance.
A qualifying student-athlete may receive an athletic grant upon recommendations of the coach and the Director of Athletics, with approval from the Office of Financial Assistance. An offer of a financial award is contingent upon admittance to the University and the student-athlete's academic standing. Returning student-athletes must be academically eligible and making normal progress toward a degree to be eligible for an award.
Presently, the cost of tuition and fees, room and board and use of required course related books is the maximum amount awarded under an athletic grant-in-aid. Grants for lesser amounts are also given. It is important that all textbooks be returned at the close of each semester. Students may be billed for textbooks which are not returned.
An athletic grant is issued for one academic year and may be renewed for the next academic year. This renewal is contingent upon the attainment of academic eligibility and normal progress requirements. Continued participation in athletics is also required.
Athletic Scholarship Policy
1. The total amount of financial aid (excluding bona fide loans and aid from family) for athletes receiving athletic grants or other University designated financial aid (such as student employment, college work study, SEOG, University Scholarships or Grants, etc.) may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and the cost of required, course related books. However, an athlete receiving a PELL Grant may receive the maximum award for miscellaneous expenses as permitted under the PELL Grant program.
5. If a student-athlete's grant is withdrawn for any reason, the student-athlete has a right to a campus review of the action. Information regarding the procedure is available from the Office of Financial Assistance.
6. Pregnancy is considered an illness and is not a basis for withdrawal of athletic aid.
7. Graduate School. The decision to further athletic scholarship awards for athletes who have attained his/her baccalaureate degree and still have remaining eligibility shall be at the discretion of the coach.
Charges Not Paid By the Athletics Department
The types of expenses listed below are not covered and must be paid by the student-athlete:
1. All phone charges.
Non Scholarship Student-Athletes:
As a non scholarship student-athlete, both recruited and non recruited (walk-on), you are entitled to all the benefits of a scholarship student-athlete, except for the Athletic Grant-In-Aid and benefits arising from these awards. The following benefits are available to all student-athletes:
1. Academic advising assistance (i.e.: tutoring, career counseling, etc);
If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact Gordon C. Finch Esq., Associate Athletics Director for Compliance & Student Services, at 610-519-5305 or Katie Centrella, Director of Compliance, at 610-519-6607.
You are not eligible to compete if you have knowingly:
You are not eligible to compete if you knowingly participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate or professional athletics, through a bookmaker parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling. [Bylaw 10.3] Sports that cannot be bet on include: All sports sponsored by the NCAA including: Baseball, Basketball (including all NCAA Tournament Pools), and Bowling; Professional Sports.
Sports that can be bet on if you are of age (21) include: Horse Racing and Casino Games.
If you have any questions about gambling, or you think someone has a gambling problem, please call Gordon C. Finch Esq., Associate Athletics Director for Compliance & Student Services, at 610-519-5305 or Katie Centrella, Director of Compliance, at 610-519-6607.