Student-Athlete Employment

Effective August 1, 1998, the NCAA will permit student-athletes receiving a full grant-in-aid to work during the academic year.  Previously, student-athletes were only permitted to work during institutional vacation periods (e.g., seasonal holidays, spring break, and summer).  If you wish to hire a student-athlete, it must first be cleared through the Auburn University Athletic Department.  Compensation must be provided for work actually performed, and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.  Student-athletes cannot give private lessons or coaching, nor can their name, picture or reputation be utilized to promote the sale of any product or service.  In addition, it is not permissible to provide transportation costs to or from the site of employment, or any other benefit, unless such benefits are provided for all employees in that employment situation.  Student-athlete's earnings are limited depending on the amount of financial aid he/she is currently receiving.  With this new legislation comes more of an opportunity to inadvertently break the rules.  Please feel free to contact the Auburn Compliance Office with any questions you may have.

Employment with Sports Camps or Clinics:

A student-athlete who is employed in any sports camp or clinic must meet the following requirements:

  • The student-athlete must perform duties that are of a general supervisory character and any coaching or officiating assignments shall represent not more that one-half of the student-athlete's work time.
  • 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 the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the athletics reputation or fame the student-athlete has achieved. It is not permissible to establish varying levels of compensation for a student-athlete employed in a sports camp or clinic based on the level of athletics skills of the student-athlete. 
  •  A student-athlete who only lectures or demonstrates at a camp/clinic may not receive compensation for his or her appearance at the camp/clinic.