From BYU's Financial Aid Office
Countable and Non-Countable Aid
What is ‘countable' aid? Every sport is given a scholarship limit by the NCAA, and there are several instances in which an athlete's financial aid can ‘count' against that limit. An athlete's aid counts against the team's total scholarship limit if:
He/she receives grant-in-aid from the athletic team.
He/she receives outside aid for which athletics was a major criterion and the awarding individual is a booster of BYU Athletics or the awarding individual restricts the college choice of the recipient.
He/she receives an institutional scholarship that is not solely based on academics.
He/she receives education expenses from an Olympic committee or national governing body.
NOTE There are exceptions when the aid listed above wouldn't count against a team, such as when an athlete is considered medically unable to participate; however, in most cases these rules hold true.
What is ‘non-countable' aid?
Federal financial aid, such as Pell, SMART and ACG grants, along with federal (Stafford) loans, do not count against a team's limit.
Institutional scholarships (i.e., awarded by the BYU Scholarship Office or individual colleges/departments) that are solely based on academics.
Parent-tuition benefits, available to children of BYU employees, have the potential to count until the parent has been employed at BYU for 5 years, depending on whether the athlete is receiving aid from his/her athletic team.
Awards from outside organizations, such as a local Elks club or a corporation, even if they are based on athletics in any degree are considered non-countable as long as the individual donating the aid is not a booster and they do not restrict the choice of institution for the recipient.
Given the various circumstances and exceptions, it is important that athletes accurately report all sources of financial aid.
Can ‘non-countable' aid ever become ‘countable' aid?
In a word, yes. There are times when aid that normally wouldn't count – such as a scholarship from a department – will count because an athlete is receiving aid from the team. Again, a number of factors are included in determining the ‘countability' of any type of aid, so coaches & athletes should always check with the Compliance Office before assuming that any kind of aid will or will not count.