The NCAA provides institutions with the use of annual funds for student-athletes' special or emergency needs. The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is managed by Student Services and is not included when calculating permissible grant-in-aid or cost-of-attendance figures.

Student-Athletes wishing to request funds from SAF should contact their coach or sport administrator, who can initiate a request for funding. Submitting a request does not guarantee that the request will be fulfilled.

Permissible uses of the fund may include:

  • Clothing and/or travel from campus to home and other essential expenses.
  • Academic course supplies (e.g., notebook and pens) and books or equipment which are recommended but not required for all students enrolled in the course.
  • Medical and dental costs not covered by another insurance program.
  • Costs associated with student-athlete or family emergencies. Air travel arrangement may be handled through athletics for cost benefit purposes.

Non-permissible uses of the fund:

  • Institutional grant-in-aids for student-athletes (tuition, fees, books, room and board) during the academic year.
  • Salaries
  • Capital Improvements
  • Outside athletics development opportunities for student-athletes (camps or clinics, private instruction, etc.)
Student-athletes should contact Ed Howat or Michele Brost to obtain a Student Assistance Fund Request Form.


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