The NCAA Council approved an extra year of eligibility for all Division I spring athletes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Council met on Monday to finalize their decision.
— NCAA (@NCAA) March 30, 2020
This historic decision did come with a catch; the decision to extend scholarships is in the hands of the universities now. Each school will be able to offer less (or zero) aid or match what they provided this year. The decision is up to each school for each athlete. That means an athlete could be welcomed back with a spot on the team, but have $0 in athletic scholarship money.
NCAA rules usually prohibit schools in the Power Five conferences or any non-Power-Five school that makes a multi-year scholarship offer to reduce the amount of aid an athlete receives from one year to the next for athletic reasons.
The Council decided to agree on adjusting scholarship limits to account for incoming athletes and athletes who stay for an extra season. The potential impact Athletic Directors are discussing range from cost to scholarship management.
The NCAA also issues a thank you to all the Student-Athletes and everyone else in the country for their understanding regarding the cancellation of spring sporting events.
— NCAA (@NCAA) March 27, 2020
The Council also came to a conclusion regarding Division I winter sports. Their decision was to not grant an extra year of eligibility to seniors participating in winter sports.
NCAA Winter championships, including March Madness, were canceled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.