SUBJECT: Financial Assistance – Occasional Meals

Amend Bylaws Article II, Section B as follows:

Assignment of scholarships, grants in aid, or student loans shall be controlled by the faculty through the regularly constituted committee on student loans and scholarships.

Any financial aid or assistance to prospective or enrolled students in money or in kind, except that which comes from members of their immediate family or from those upon whom they are legally dependent, shall be administered by the institution under policies and procedures established by the institution through its regularly constituted committee on student loans and scholarships. Under no conditions may an individual or organization provide direct financial assistance to a previously enrolled or prospective student.

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A member institution shall award no more financial aid to a student-athlete than the actual cost of:

1.   Tuition;

2.   Mandatory fees, books, and supplies required for courses in which the student-athlete is enrolled; and

3.   Board and room for the student-athlete only, based on the official board and room allowance listed in the official institutional publication.

Further financial assistance to a student-athlete by a member institution, other than listed above, is prohibited.

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EXCEPTION 3:   An institutional representative or authorized booster, as approved by the institution, may provide an occasional meal for a student-athlete(s), not to exceed twice per month unless approved by the institution’s athletics director. The meal’s cost must not exceed the institution’s standard per diem amount for a student-athlete or $30 in value per person, whichever is higher.

This regulation regarding maximum financial aid to a student-athlete is not intended to place pressure on any member institution to increase its program to this level. This regulation is made to protect the NAIA from overly ambitious programs and to help protect the amateur status of student-athletes.


Intent: To permit an institution or an institution’s authorized booster to provide a student-athlete(s) with a meal twice per month, unless otherwise approved by the institution, and the meal’s cost should not exceed the institution’s student-athlete per diem or $30 per person (whichever is higher).

Effective date: August 1, 2018

Submitted by: Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Co-sponsored by: Sooner Athletic Conference


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