Are athletic scholarships guaranteed for four years?

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Are athletic scholarships guaranteed for four years?

I think it's a good idea to talk about the 4-year full ride because it's really a misnomer; there really is no such thing as a 4-year full ride in athletic scholarships. It's a one year renewable reward and it's up to the coaches discretion whether or not he chooses to renew that. If your student athlete is not performing at the level that is expected, if he or she is goofing off, not attending class, he or she can lose that scholarship. If your student athlete's injured, they can lose their scholarship that way as well, although there is an NCAA insurance policy but it has to be a career ending injury in order to get that scholarship for all four years. And then in the equivalency sports, this happens all the time that the athletic scholarships that are shared amongst athletes, your student athlete may start out with a 50% award, 60% award, but in subsequent years the coach decides to give your student athlete a 20% scholarship. So there's no guarantees and I think it's important that students and families have this awareness going in so that they can plan accordingly.
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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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