Extra Benefits: Current Student Athletes

16.02.3 Extra Benefit

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

16.9.1 (e) Local Transportation

Staff members may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes on an occasional basis. Reasonable Refreshments for Parents (or Legal Guardians)

An institution may provide the parents (or legal guardians) of a student-athlete with reasonable refreshments (e.g., soft drinks, snacks) on an occasional basis. Occasional Meals

A student-athlete or the entire team in a sport may receive an occasional family home meal in the locale of the institution on infrequent and special occasions from an institutional staff member. An institutional staff member may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend such meals.

Note: All occasional meals that will make use of athletics department money require an Occasional Meal Request Form. Incidental Benefits – Reasonable Refreshments for Student-Athletes

An institution may provide student-athletes with reasonable refreshments (e.g., soft drinks, snacks) for student-athlete educational and business meetings and, on an occasional basis, for celebratory events (e.g., birthdays). Nonpermissible – Telephone and Credit Cards

It is not permissible to allow a student-athlete to use a telephone or credit card for personal reasons without charge or at a reduced cost.

Exception: Per Bylaw (d), an institution may provide or arrange for a telephone call in emergency situations as approved by the director of athletics (or his or her designee). Other Prohibited Benefits

An institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests may not provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or services, including but not limited to:

a) A loan of money;

b) A guarantee of bond;

c) The use of an automobile; or

d) Signing or cosigning a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan.


    • Bylaw 16.1 Awards
    • Bylaw 16.2 Complimentary Admissions & Ticket Benefits
    • Bylaw 16.3 Academic & Other Support Services
    • Bylaw 16.4 Medical Expenses
    • Bylaw 16.5 Housing & Meals
    • Bylaw 16.6 Expenses for Student-Athlete’s Friends & Relatives
    • Bylaw 16.7 Team Entertainment
    • Bylaw 16.8 Expenses Provided by Institution for Practice & Competition
    • Bylaw 16.9 Other Travel Expenses Provided by the Institution
    • Bylaw 16.10 Provisions of Expenses by Individuals or Organizations
    • Bylaw 16.11 Benefits, Gifts & Services
    • Bylaw 16.12 Expense Waivers

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