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UTSA Athletics Compliance Office — Prospective Student-Athletes

Who is a prospective student-athlete?

A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if UTSA provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that UTSA does not provide to prospective students generally. An individual remains a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier):

(a) The individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate UTSA’s regular academic year (excluding summer); -or-

(b) The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition; -or-

(c) The individual officially registers and enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment. Definition of prospective student-athlete for tryout-rule purposes men's basketball
In men's basketball, for purposes of the tryout rule, the phrase "prospective student-athlete" shall include any individual who has started classes for the seventh grade and is not enrolled in the member institution at the time of the practice or test therein described. Definition of prospective student-athlete men's basketball
In men's basketball, for purposes of Bylaw 13.12 (camps/clinics), the phrase "prospective student-athlete" shall include any individual who has started classes for the seventh grade.


· Information and resources for college-bound student-athletes and parents
· UTSA Admissions
· NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse
· NCAA freshman eligibility standards (.pdf)
· NCAA academic eligibility frequently asked questions (.pdf)

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the compliance office at 210/458-5493.

Only coaches and athletics department staff may be involved in the recruiting process. Athletics representatives are prohibited from contacting a prospective student-athlete or members of his/her family by telephone, letter, e-mail, or in person for the purpose of encouraging participation in athletics at The University of Texas at San Antonio. This prohibition remains in effect even after the prospect signs a National Letter of Intent (scholarship offer). You can do your part by forwarding names of any potential recruits to the UTSA coaching staffs. More information concerning recruiting and initial eligibility can be found online at

Visiting UTSA

An “official visit” is a visit paid in whole or in part by the university and cannot exceed 48 hours in length. A prospect can make a total of five official visits, with a limit of only one per university.

An “unofficial visit” is a visit made at the prospect’s own expense. The university may provide (a) three complimentary tickets to an on-campus athletics event in which the university’s team is competing and (b) transportation to view off-campus practice and competition sites within a 30-mile radius. Prospects can make as many unofficial visits as they want.


· UTSA official visit policies (.pdf)


National Letter of Intent
The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an institution in which the institution agrees to provide a prospective student-athlete who is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules athletics aid for one academic year in exchange for the prospect's agreement to attend the institution for one academic year. All colleges and universities that participate in the NLI program agree to not recruit a prospective student-athlete once he/she signs an NLI with another college or university. Therefore, a prospective student-athlete who signs an NLI should no longer receive recruiting contacts and calls and is ensured an athletics scholarship for one academic year. The NLI must be accompanied by an institutional financial aid agreement. If the student-athlete does not enroll at that institution for a full academic year, he/she may be subject to specific penalties, including loss of a season of eligibility and a mandatory residence requirement.

· National Letter of Intent signing dates
· National Letter of Intent quick reference guide (.pdf)
· National Letter of Intent frequently asked questions

When Does My Five-Year Eligibility Clock Start?
NCAA Bylaw
Official Interpretation: A student-athlete who is registered and enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (as determined by the regulations of the institution) and attends any class(es) on the first day of classes, begins the student's five-year period of eligibility (Division I), even if the student drops to part-time status during that first day of classes.

Financial aid
The primary purpose of financial aid is to provide resources to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue a post-secondary education. The UTSA Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services will meet the direct costs or financial need for all eligible students until a variety of funds have been exhausted.  All students are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to the availability of funds, academic performance and demonstrated financial need.

· UTSA Financial Aid
· Federal Application for Federal Student Aid


A student-athlete may receive employment compensation:

· Only for work that is actually performed and useful in nature;

· Only for the number of hours actually worked;

· At a rate commensurate with the going rate for similar services in the area.

A student-athlete MAY NOT receive:

· Payment for value that you bring to the employer because of publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that you obtained because of your athletics ability;

· Transportation to work or other benefits, unless the same benefits are available equally to all employees;

· Compensation for working at any facility owned in any part by the athletic department, including the tennis center.

The following additional limitations will apply if you are receiving compensation for providing instruction in your sport (i.e. "fee for lesson"):

· You may receive payment for giving lessons in their sport as long as you do not use University facilities;

· You must actually provide skill instruction - "playing lessons" are not permitted;

· You compensation must be paid by the lesson recipient or the recipient's family and not another outside individual or entity;

· You may not use your identity to advertise lesson availability.

International prospects
· NCAA guide to international academic standards for athletics eligibility (.pdf)
· International student eligibility information

What is a booster?

A “representative of UTSA’s athletics interests,” or “booster,” is anyone who:

· Has ever participated in or is currently a member of the various athletic department support groups.

· Has purchased season tickets.

· Has made a donation to the athletics program.

· Has helped arrange summer and/or vacation employment for student athletes.

· Has been involved, in anyway, in the promotion of UTSA’s athletics program.


Extra benefits
Prospective and current student-athletes may not receive extra benefits. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletic interests to provide a student-athlete or his/her family a benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation.  Extra benefits would include, but are not limited to:

· An employment arrangement for a prospect’s relatives.

· Gifts of clothing or equipment.

· Cosigning of loans.

· Providing loans to a prospect’s relatives or friends.

· Cash or like items.

· Use of an automobile.

· Any tangible items, including merchandise.

· Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases of any type.

· Free or reduced-cost housing.

· Use of a college’s athletics equipment.

· Sponsorship of or arrangement for an award banquet for high school, prep school or two-year college athletes by a college, athletics representative or its alumni groups.

· Employment of a student-athlete at a rate higher than the wages paid for similar work.

· Payment to a student-athlete for work not performed.

Other useful links
· 2007-08 Academic Progress Rate (.pdf)
· NCAA graduation rates (.pdf)
· NCAA Graduation Success Rates (.pdf)
· NCAA drug testing program
· "Don’t Bet On It"
· SAT information
· ACT information

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