The Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund is intended to provide direct benefits to student-athletes or their families as determined by conference offices. As a guiding principle, the fund shall be used to assist student-athletes in meeting financial needs that arise in conjunction with participation in intercollegiate athletics, enrollment in an academic curriculum or that recognize academic achievement. Further, inasmuch as the fund is design to provide direct benefits to student-athletes, the fund is not intended to be used to replace existing budget items.
All student-athletes, including walk-ons, and medicals are eligible for SAOF monies. No prospects are eligible with the exception of those receiving summer financial aid prior to full-time enrollment.
Clothing and Transportation Allowances
This program is administrated by the Department of Athletics and supervised by the Senior Associate Director of Athletics. Students who have filed the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Aid) and are receiving the Pell Grant are eligible to apply for financial assistance from this fund. International student-athletes on athletic aid are also eligible for this fund. Student-athletes should fill out the application in the Business Office.
The Compliance Assistant reviews the application to determine if student-athlete is eligible for the assistance. If eligible, the Compliance Assistant processes the application. Checks are distributed into student accounts by the Bursar's Office. All receipts must be originals and must be dated within the current academic year. Once receipts are turned in, the Compliance Assistant tapes them to a piece of paper, checks and totals all eligible items, notes on paper, and staples to applications.
The applications are then filed in the “Special Assistance Fund Completed Applications” file.
While applications are pending return of receipts, they are filed in the “Special Assistance Fund In-Progress Applications” file.
If a student-athlete does not return receipts by the designated time, they will be billed on their bursar account for the Special Assistance funds received.