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NCAA COUNCIL AIMS TO RELAX STUDENT-ATHLETE JOB RESTRICTIONS
Published August 21, 1996
The NCAA Council will sponsor legislation recommended by the Special Committee on Agents and Amateurism and the Committee on Financial Aid and Amateurism that would allow student-athletes in Division I to work in the off-season during the school year, earning up to the value of the cost of attendance at that institution. Full scholarship student-athletes in their first year at school would still be restricted from working during the school year. The cost of attendance is a figure determined by each school's financial aid office that includes scholarship costs -- tuition, room and board, books and fees -- plus an average of additional costs such as travel to and from campus and home. The rule would allow students to earn the difference between the scholarship and the cost of attendance. The council will also sponsor additional legislation that would allow Division I-II student-athletes to participate in activities related to radio, TV, film, stage and writing projects. The student athlete would only be allowed to accept travel expenses, participate outside the regular playing season, and they must be academically eligible. All proposed legislation will be voted on at the NCAA Annual Convention, January 11-15, in Nashville, TN (NCAA).