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Rutgers Athletics Office of Compliance
Benefits to Prosepective and Enrolled Student-Athletes

The NCAA rules limit the tangible benefits that prospective and enrolled student-athletes may receive from their college/university and from individuals associated with their college/university (e.g., employees, boosters, alumni).

Offers and Inducements in Recruiting
A prospect (or his/her parents, family or friends) may not receive any tangible item, gift, service, etc. from an institutional staff member or any other individual for the purpose of solidifying that individual’s commitment to attend a college or university.  Some strictly prohibited offers/inducements include:  

a. arranging a job for a prospect’s relative(s) or friend(s)
b. gifts of clothing or equipment
c. co-signing a loan
d. directly or indirectly providing a loan to a prospect’s relative(s) or friend(s)
e. directly or indirectly providing cash or like items
f. any tangible items, including merchandise
g. free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases of any type
h. free or reduced-cost housing
i. use of an institution’s athletic equipment (e.g. for high-school all-star game)
j. sponsorship of or arrangement for an awards banquet for high school, preparatory school or two-year college athletes by an institution, representatives of athletic interests or its alumni or booster clubs

Benefits to Current Student-Athletes
Student-athletes are permitted to receive many benefits as a result of their participation in intercollegiate athletics.  They are prohibited from receiving anything considered an “extra benefit.”  An extra benefit is any special arrangement by a Rutgers University employee or a representative of Rutgers’ athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.   Extra benefits include, but are not limited to:

a. cash or loans in any amount
b. co-signing or arranging a loan
c. gifts or free services (e.g., airline tickets, cash, restaurant meals, summer storage space, use of laundry facilities)
d. use of an automobile
e. rent-free or reduced-cost housing
f. employment of a student-athlete at a higher rate than wages paid for similar work
g. payment to a student-athlete for work not performed
h. transportation (aside from transportation related to an occasional home meal)
i. tickets to athletics institution or community event
j. financial aid for a post-graduate education
k. promise of employment after college graduation
l. invitation to home or summer home for purpose other than occasional meal
m. money for, or guarantee of, bail or bond
n. recognition awards

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