17-B-04 Financial Assistance

On March 13, 2017, in Bylaws Proposals, by Jen Saab

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.

Scholarships, grants in aid, and student loans shall be awarded on such bases as will not discriminate for or against presumed or recognized athletes. Athletes and non-athletes shall be required to maintain the same minimum academic standing to qualify for such scholarships.

All donations to the general athletics program and/or the athletics scholarship fund by outside organizations shall be deposited in an institutional fund and be administered by appropriate institutional committees under the control of the chief executive officer.

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

  1. Tuition;
  1. Mandatory fees, books, and supplies required for courses in which the student-athlete is enrolled; and
  1. 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.

EXCEPTION 1:   An institution may pay for necessary medical and dental expenses incidental to a student-athlete’s participation in intercollegiate athletics at the member institution. Necessary expenses may include medical, surgical, medication and therapy expenses incurred as a result of an athletic injury; medical examination costs; and athletic related medical insurance. Institutions shall not provide assistance for expenses for treatment of a student-athlete’s illness or injury not resulting from intercollegiate athletics participation.

EXCEPTION 2:   An institution, affiliated conference, or the national office may provide actual and necessary expenses associated with attendance at a student-athlete advisory committee or student-athlete leadership meeting or activity, so long as the meeting or activity is sponsored by the institution, affiliated conference or national office. Such costs may be paid directly to the service provider or as reimbursement to the student-athlete, and allowable expenses may include but are not limited to cost of travel, meals, lodging, awards and personal gifts or apparel (in accordance with Bylaws Article VII, Section C).

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 create an exception to permit institutions, conferences, and the national office to pay for and/or reimburse expenses related to student-athlete advisory committee or student-athlete leadership meetings or events.

Effective date: April 12, 2017

Submitted by: American Midwest Conference

Co-sponsored by: Cascade Collegiate Conference, California Pacific Conference

 

2 Responses to “17-B-04 Financial Assistance”

  1. Scott Haddix says:

    Exception 2 should be amended to remove “…awards and personal gifts or apparel…” to reduce the potential of improprieties for serving on the student-athlete advisory committee. It is an honor to serve and while reimbursing expenses prevents lack of participation and unnecessary financial burden to the student athlete, gifts and awards and apparel for serving are unnecessary.

    • Chesney Sallee says:

      Schools, conferences or the national office may wish to provide participating student-athletes with a shirt, backpack or the like in gratitude for their service, or to reward individual award winners. All such awards, personal gifts and apparel received by student-athletes are subject to the amateurism provisions (Bylaws Article VII, Section C), which limit any individual personal award to $500 in value, and a combined value of no more than $600 for multiple awards.