Enrolled student-athletes are permitted to be employed during the regular academic year as well as during official vacation periods. Prior to the student-athlete's employment, they must submit an employment form through the student-athlete eligibility paperwork website. This form contains information and agreements ensuring compliance with NCAA student-athlete employment legislation.
Please note the following restrictions regarding the employment of student-athletes:
- Student-athletes may be paid only for work actually performed.
- Student-athletes must be paid at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
- Transportation may not be provided to student-athletes unless it is a benefit provided to all employees.
- A student-athlete may not be paid on the basis of his/her athletics ability, reputation or fame.
- Employers may not advertise a student-athlete's employment to generate extra business, nor may they use a student-athlete's name or picture to advertise, promote, or recommend the sale or use of any commercial product or service.
- A student-athlete cannot endorse a company or employer through public advertising mediums.
- Student-athletes cannot be provided with any benefits not provided to other employees. This includes the use of vehicles, transportation to or from work, meals, loans, advances, or time off with pay.
Sports Camps and
Both Ivy League and NCAA rules permit employment in summer camps, including specialized sport camps, within certain limits.
- A student-athlete may be employed by his or her institution, by another institution, or by a private organization to work in a camp or clinic. The general rules surrounding employment at a camp or clinic are as follows:
- A student-athlete with remaining eligibility is not permitted to conduct his or her own camp or clinic
- The student-athletes must perform duties that are of a general supervisory character in addition to any coaching or officiating assignments
- Compensation provided to the student-athlete shall be commensurate with the going rate for camp or clinic counselors of like teaching ability and camp or clinic experience and may not be paid on the basis of the value that they might have for the employer because of athletics reputation. It is not permissible to establish varying levels of compensation for a student-athlete employed by a sports camp or clinic based on the level of athletics skill
- A student-athlete who only lectures at a camp or clinic shall not receive compensation for his or her appearance
- If a student-athlete is working at their own institution’s camp or clinic, they must receive approval from the Director of Athletics or Designee prior to the camp or clinic by completing this form (PDF) and returning it to their coach prior to the start of camp.
A student-athlete may receive compensation for teaching or coaching sport skills or techniques in his or her sport on a fee-for-lesson basis, provided:
- Institutional facilities are not used;
- Playing lessons shall not be permitted;
- The institution obtains and keeps on file documentation of the recipient of the lesson(s) and the fee for the lesson(s) provided during any time of the year;
- The compensation is paid by the lsson recipient (or the recipient's family) and not another individual or entity;
- Instruction to each individual is comparable to the instruction that would be provided during a private lesson when the instruction involves more than one individual at a time; and
- The student-athlete does not use his or her name, picture or appearance to promote or advertise the availability of fee-for-lession sessions.
The Fee for Lesson form (PDF) is to be completed, signed by the student-athlete, the individual receiving the lessons, and the individual paying for the lessons, and returned to the Compliance Office prior to any lessons occurring. Please record all dates lessons were given and fees for each lesson on the following page and return to Compliance Office at conclusion of lessons.