Athletics Risk Management and Compliance Services: Current Longhorns — Extra Benefits
What are Extra Benefits?
An extra benefit is any special arrangement from the institution, its staff or its boosters to provide a benefit to student-athletes or their friends or family unless that benefit is (1) provided to the institution's students generally or (2) specifically permitted by NCAA rules.
Examples of Impermissible Extra Benefits:
- The use of an automobile
- Giving a loan or helping to secure a loan
- Discounts on services, like dry cleaning or car repair
- Discounts on purchases, such as clothing or airline tickets
- The use of a cell phone or phone card
- Receipt of services from businesses, like movie tickets or dinner
Examples of Permissible Benefits the institution may provide:
- Athletics scholarships
- Appropriate equipment for practice and competition
- Travel expenses for competition
- Complimentary admissions to their contests for family and friends
- Awards to recognize their participation and achievement
- Medical treatment
- Academic support services
These are only some examples of impermissible and permissible benefits. The area of extra benefits is very complex and we do not want our student-athletes to inadvertently do something that jeopardizes their eligibility. That is why we encourage them to talk to us before accepting a benefit if they have any question about whether or not it is permissible. For more information about Extra Benefits and the related concept of Preferential Treatment, see our Frequently Asked Questions document.
What does the term "Occasional Meal" refer to?
NCAA rules permit the institution and in some cases boosters to provide student-athletes meals over and above what we are normally permitted to provide on an occasional basis. These "occasional meals" are subject to certain restrictions and must be approved by the Compliance office in advance of the meal. A team might use an occasional meal to have a holiday party or to go out to celebrate a team member's birthday.
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