Enrolled Student-Athlete

An enrolled student-athlete is a student who presently is participating in athletics or has completed his/her eligibility but is still enrolled at the institution.

Extra Benefit

An extra benefit is any special gift or arrangement provided to an enrolled student-athlete or a student-athlete's relative or friend which is not available to the general student body of that institution. Extra benefit legislation also may apply to gifts or arrangements (other than legitimate jobs) subsequent to the student-athlete's graduation.

Rules to Remember:

1. Representatives of Athletics interests cannot provide an "extra benefit" or special arrangements to an enrolled student-athlete that is not available to all other students at the University.

2. If a student-athlete accepts any benefit based on his or her athletic ability, that athlete will lose all eligibility for intercollegiate athletic participation. If the student-athlete has completed eligibility, the institution is still responsible and may receive penalties applied to the sport program. Additionally, the booster or representative involved may be told to disassociate from the University's athletic program.

The following are examples of extra benefits or services that are prohibited, but not limited to, under NCAA legislation:

  • Paying or arranging for payment of room, board, or any type of transportation at anytime for currently enrolled student-athletes, their relatives, or their friends.
  • Providing student-athletes with any sort of extra benefit, which refers to any special arrangement to provide student-athletes or their relatives or friends with a benefit unavailable to the general student population.
  • Providing student-athletes with any special discount, payment arrangements, credits on a purchase, or services.
  • Allowing student-athletes to use your telephone to make free calls.
  • Providing awards or gifts to student-athletes for any reason.
  • Entertaining student-athletes or their families and friends.

The following are examples of extra benefits or services that are allowed:

  • Having student-athlete(s) or the team over to their home for a meal. The meal can be catered. The meal MUST be in your home.
  • Employ a student-athlete, as long as the individual is paid for work performed and at the going rate for that service. If you are going to hire a student-athlete, please contact the Compliance Office to complete appropriate paperwork. The Compliance Office must keep records verifying all student-athlete employment records.

***For more information on this topic, please visit the Office of Athletics Compliance website at www.missouristate.edu/AthCompliance/  or contact Shamika Kentish, Assistant AD for Compliance, at (417) 836-4377.