Mean Green Compliance: Student-Athlete Employment/Financial Aid


Earnings from a student-athlete’s on- or off-campus employment that occurs at any time is exempt and is not counted in determining a student-athlete’s full grant-in-aid or in the institution’s financial aid limitations, provided:

  1. The student-athlete’s compensation does not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletics ability;
  2. The student-athlete is compensated only for work actually performed; and
  3. The student-athlete is compensated at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services (Bylaw 12.4 and Bylaw 15.2.6).


You are not eligible if you receive financial aid other than the financial aid that your institution distributes. However, it is permissible to receive:
  1. Money from anyone on whom you are naturally or legally dependent;
  2. Financial aid that has been awarded to you on a basis other than athletics ability; or
  3. Financial aid from an entity outside your institution that meets the requirements specified in the Division I Manual. [Bylaw 15.01]
You must report to your institution any financial aid that you receive from a source other than your institution. However, you do not need to report financial aid received from anyone on whom you are naturally or legally dependent.

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