Fans & Boosters

Student-Athlete Appearance Requests

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics encourages all student-athletes to support community events and activities. However, all student-athlete appearances must receive approval from the Compliance Office prior to the event taking place. Ohio State will only review requests for a student-athlete appearance under the following circumstances:

  • A Student-Athlete Appearance Request Form is completed;
  • Documentation proving the requesting organization’s tax-exempt or 501(c)(3) status (if applicable) is provided;
  • The promotional event is held within 30 miles of campus;
  • Student-athletes do not miss class for the promotional appearance;
  • If funds are being raised at the promotional event, the money only goes toward an educational, charitable, institutional, or non-profit agency; and
  • Student-athletes’ names, images, or likenesses (including photographs) are not used to promote the commercial ventures of any agency.

To request a student-athlete appearance, please complete the Student-Athlete Appearance Request Form and submit it to the Compliance Office.

 

Coach Appearance Requests

Ohio State allows coaches to make appearances or take part in speaking engagements which enhance their image and that of their program. To that end, all coach appearances or speaking engagements must be permissible under NCAA legislation and may not benefit prospective student-athletes or their relatives or friends. Additionally, all coach appearance requests must be approved prior to the event taking place.

Please complete the Coach Appearance Request Form and submit it to the Compliance Office if you would like for a coach to appear or speak at a particular event.

Please Note:

  • If you are a charitable organization, documentation proving your tax-exempt or 501(c)(3) status is required.
  • Limitations exist on what coaches can and cannot do when prospective student-athletes are in attendance at or are benefactors of the charitable event.
  • If the event involves any commercial agencies or sponsors, the individual completing the form will need to provide a detailed description of the role of the sponsor.
  • If the event plans on using the coach’s name, image, or likeness to promote or advertise the event, the requesting group will need to attach a copy of the announcement/advertisement.

The Ohio State University appreciates everything our boosters do for our athletic programs. However, providing assistance to our student-athletes could result in severe consequences which would affect their eligibility. Please be careful not to provide any type of extra benefit to a student-athlete or their family/friends.

An extra benefit is any special arrangement provided to a student-athlete or their family/friends that is not generally available to The Ohio State student body as a whole. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Cash, loans, use of a credit card.
  • Signing or cosigning a loan.
  • Special finance and/or credit arrangements.
  • Tangible gifts including birthday or holiday gifts.
  • Free or discounted meals.
  • Free or discounted housing.
  • Free or discounted goods (e.g., clothing, vehicles, electronics).
  • Free or discounted services (e.g., laundry or dry cleaning, haircuts, cell phones, long distance calls, automotive services).
  • Free or discounted entertainment (e.g., movie tickets, concert tickets, professional sports tickets).
  • Assistance paying bills (e.g., utility bills, rent payments, telephone or cell phone bills).
  • Transportation or the use of an automobile.
  • Academic assistance of any kind (e.g., tutoring, editing papers/projects, assistance in completing classwork, use of a computer, etc.).

If you have any questions, please contact The Ohio State University Athletic Compliance Department at 614.292.2681.

What Does a Full Athletic Scholarship Cover for Student-Athletes? 

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Room & Board
  • Required Course Related Books
  • Amount up to Cost of Attendance (beginning with 2015-16 academic year)

What Does an Athletic Scholarship Not Cover for Student-Athletes?

  • COTA Bus Fee
  • Legal Services Fee
  • Single Room Charge
  • Amounts Requested On Buck ID
  • Fines/Tickets, Lock Change Fees, and Room Damages
  • International Room & Board Tax (14%)
  • Student Health Insurance
  • Freshman/International Orientation Fee

NCAA Student Assistance Fund (SAF)
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is a program run through the NCAA which distributes money to member institutions with the purpose of providing student-athletes with access to funding to help offset costs that athletic scholarships do not cover. Student-athletes do not have to be on an athletic scholarship to receive the benefits of SAF. Through SAF, Ohio State can assist student-athletes with:

 

NCAA Student Assistance Fund
Health Insurance
Domestic Student-Athletes:

  • 100% of Ohio State health insurance for student-athletes who have filed their FAFSA and qualify for a Pell Grant
International Student-Athletes:

  • 100% of Ohio State health insurance (minus 14% tax) for all international student-athletes
Parking Passes
  • Available to all student-athletes who have registered their vehicle with the Compliance Office, show proof of payment of a parking pass, and who have submitted an SAF Form to the Compliance Office.
  • Student-athletes must apply for reimbursement every academic year.
Graduate School Entrance Exams (e.g., LSAT, GRE)
  • Available to all student-athletes who can show proof of payment of a graduate entrance exam and who have submitted an SAF Form to the Compliance Office.
  • Student-athletes may only receive this reimbursement once.
$500 Travel & Clothing Assistance Stipend
Domestic Student-Athletes:

  • Available to those student-athletes who have filed their FAFSA and qualify for a Pell Grant.
  • Student-athletes must file a FAFSA and be Pell Eligible to continue receiving this stipend.
International Student-Athletes:

  • Available to those student-athletes who complete the International SAF Application and are deemed to qualify by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Student-athletes must apply for the stipend every academic year.
  • Student-athletes will be taxed 14% on the $500 stipend.
Family Emergencies
  • Available to all student-athletes. SAF support for family emergencies must be preapproved by the student-athlete’s sport administrator.

 

Recruiting should be left to Ohio State’s coaches and staff. Please view the #Recruiting information sheet to learn more.

Boosters of The Ohio State University are permitted to provide a student-athlete, or an entire team, with a meal on infrequent and special occasions. All booster occasional meals must be pre-approved by Athletic Compliance Office.

Reminders

  • Occasional meals may only be provided on infrequent and special occasions.
  • May only be held:
    • On campus;
    • At a home competition facility; or
    • At the home of the booster.
  • Transportation may only be provided if the occasional meal is held at the home of the booster.
  • The meal may be catered.
  • Prospects may not attend occasional meals.
  • Incoming student-athletes may not attend an occasional meal in the home of a booster during the summer prior to their initial enrollment at OSU.
  • “Occasional” constitutes not more than five (5) times per academic year.

To request an occasional meal please complete the Occasional Meal: Boosters and Staff Form and submit it to the Compliance Office.