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Mtn Hoo

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Doesn't work that way; but there's other tools in the toolbox available

"My guess is that Duke LAX, IVY league LAX, JHU LAX, WF Tennis and Vandy baseball all take advantage of what I call a NCAA loophole to exceed perhaps by a lot the NCAA limits."

There are zero "merit" scholarships in the Ivies. To get a merit schollie at Duke or Vandy or UVA (i.e. Jefferson) you need a 36 ACT, 4.0 uw/4.75w GPA as table stakes. I know because my non-athlete kid was very lucky to get one of those.

So unless the recruited athlete to Duke mlax or Vandy baseball is a future Rhodes Scholar candidate (a la Bill Bradley or Pat Haden), they are not getting a "merit" scholarship to attend those schools. They get a choice between an athletic schollie (typically partial in those sports given the low number of schollies allowed) or need-based aid. Given the demographics, the Duke mlax kids typically are not qualifying for Duke need-aid (which is ample if you qualify). But Vandy baseball kids (given the lower SES profile of baseball) might more often qualify for need-aid (which is quite generous). If you qualify, Vandy need aid could easily be more than a fractional athletic schollie from Vandy.

Tennis players (at Duke, UVA, Vandy or WF) will have full or close to full athletic scholarships. Because those rosters are very small and the NCAA allows 4.5 rides for mtennis and 8 for wtennis.

USMA and USNA give a full merit schollie to every student, so their mlax teams have essentially unlimited scholarships to give out. A place like Furman gives merit schollies to like 80% of students. So any typical suburban mlaxer with a 28 ACT will be able to score a partial merit scholarship -- making the need aid and athletic aid small potatoes by comparison.

And of course Penn State and UMD and Cornell can provide in-state tuition to any of its mlaxers who are in-state residents. That tool is available to UVA and UNC too, but they generally aren't getting that many of their mlaxers from IS.

Many ways to combine different types of aid available for specific students. But the high end academic schools are not handing out big merit awards to athletes as an end run around NCAA athletic scholarship limits.
[Post edited by Mtn Hoo at 05/20/2020 7:35PM]

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