BYLAWS AMENDMENT #7
SUBJECT: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Amend Article II, Section B as follows:
Assignment of scholarships, grants in aid, or student loans shall be controlled by the faculty through the regularly constituted committee on student loans and scholarships.
Any financial aid or assistance to prospective or enrolled students in money or in kind, except that which comes from members of their immediate family or from those upon whom they are legally dependent, shall be administered by the institution under policies and procedures established by the institution through its regularly constituted committee on student loans and scholarships. Under no conditions may an individual or organization provide direct financial assistance to a previously enrolled or prospective student.
Scholarships, grants in aid, and student loans shall be awarded on such bases as will not discriminate for or against presumed or recognized athletes. Athletes and non-athletes shall be required to maintain the same minimum academic standing to qualify for such scholarships.
All donations to the general athletics program and/or the athletics scholarship fund by outside organizations shall be deposited in an institutional fund and be administered by appropriate institutional committees under the control of the chief executive officer.
A member institution shall award no more financial aid to a student-athlete than the actual cost of:
2. Mandatory fees, books, and supplies required for courses in which the student-athlete is enrolled; and 3. Board and room for the student-athlete only, based on the official board and room allowance listed in the official institutional publication.
Further financial assistance to a student-athlete by a member institution, other than listed above, is prohibited.
EXCEPTION: An institution may pay for necessary medical and dental expenses incidental to a student-athlete’s participation in intercollegiate athletics at the member institution. Necessary expenses may include medical, surgical, medication and therapy expenses incurred as a result of an athletic injury; medical examination costs; and athletic related medical insurance. Institutions shall not provide assistance for expenses for treatment of a student-athlete’s illness or injury not resulting from intercollegiate athletics participation.
This regulation regarding maximum financial aid to a student-athlete is not intended to place pressure on any member institution to increase its program to this level. This regulation is made to protect the NAIA from overly ambitious programs and to help protect the amateur status of student-athletes.
Intent: To include athletic-related medical and dental expenses within the permissible scope of financial assistance allowed.
Effective date: August 1, 2013
Submitted by: American Midwest Conference
Co-Sponsored by: NAIA Athletic Trainers Association