It’s great for the athletes. For the schools it’ll be very costly in terms of scholarship money. Not all seniors will come back though if they’ve graduated. Many will want to just move on. We’ll see how it impacts bsu. Even with the assistance fund mentioned, with the budget the way it is and NCAA share money reduced it might be a bit of a financial burden on some sports.
Not entirely clear how this works. Eligibility to play is the first step. But.
Notice that extending eligibility does not mean automatic extension/continuation of scholarship.
Incoming freshmen have a letter of intent which may guarantee them the scholarship, but graduating seniors are on a one year gig that just expired. Freshmen have to get their scholarship it would appear.
Since most Spring sports are shared scholarship, and there are limits to the number, a change needs to be made there to allow sharing by more students. The numbers are not overwhelming to give tuition relief. But additional funding beyond that is a question.
Then there is academic qualification which is separate. If the student graduates and wants to continue school there is a separate requirement of academic qualification for a grad program . I am not certain how the rule reads if the athlete uses the year for an added major and if/when that is acceptable for NCAA approval.
Those on a 1/3 scholarship (typical for many Spring sports) are thus responsible for paying the other 2/3. For someone going to school for 5 years to play 4 (whether a standard redshirt, or an instance such as this extra year of eligibility, the scholarship will cover 1-2/3 years' $$ while the athlete/family will pay 3-1/3 years' worth. That isn't much of a deal or savings to be "on scholarship" yet have to pay 3-1/3 years of costs to play 4 seasons. Even worse if on a 1/4 scholarship - you'd attend school for 5 years, pay for 3.75 years yourselves in order to play 4 seasons.
It's vastly different if receiving a full ride in that the redshirt/extra year doesn't cost the athlete/family anything, but in the non-full-ride sports, that year of paying 2/3 or 3/4 while not playing dilutes much of the value of being on scholarship at all - and why you don't see nearly the redshirts in these sports as the full-ride sports.