Few Athletes Benefit From Move to Multiyear Scholarships

Few Athletes Benefit From Move to Multiyear Aid 1

Chris Donahue, U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Until this year, NCAA rules prevented athletes from receiving multiyear scholarships, but the U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has now become an early adopter of such aid.

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Chris Donahue, U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Until this year, NCAA rules prevented athletes from receiving multiyear scholarships, but the U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has now become an early adopter of such aid.

Until recently, major-college athletes were bound by annually renewable contracts that allowed NCAA colleges to reduce or eliminate their scholarships for failing to meet certain expectations.

That uncertainty was supposed to change last year after the NCAA adopted a policy allowing programs to guarantee athletics aid for multiple years. But since August, when the change went into effect, very few elite athletes have benefited.

Nearly two-thirds of the 56 most powerful