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Extra Benefits

NCAA Dictionary

Extra Benefit [ek-struh ben-uh-fit]


  1. any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests (booster) to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.
  2. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

Examples of Impermissible Extra Benefits

Extra benefits that could cause a student-athlete to become ineligible include, but are not limited to:

  • Cash or gifts
  • Use of personal property (e.g., boats, summer homes, cars, phones)
  • Discounts on purchases (e.g., tickets, clothing)
  • Discounts on services (e.g., dental/medical services, automotive services, laundry)
  • Arranging, providing or co-signing on a loan
  • Meals at restaurants or groceries
  • Clothing or equipment
  • Free or reduced cost housing


Complimentary Admissions to BYU Athletic Events

BYU student-athletes may receive complimentary admissions to BYU athletic events under the following conditions:

  • Student-athletes are allowed a maximum of four complimentary admissions to both home and away contests in their own sport.
  • The complimentary admissions are provided through a pass list only (no hard tickets may be provided).
  • A student-athlete may not sell or exchange their complimentary tickets for any item of value.
  • The complimentary admissions may only be for regular season games.

Occasional Meals

Student-athletes may be invited to the home of a booster on an infrequent basis to have an "occasional meal." These meals may only be provided in the home of a booster (as opposed to a restaurant) and may be catered.  All occasional meals must receive prior approval by the BYU Compliance Office.