Big 12 Schools to Determine Educational Benefits & Academic Awards for Scholarship Student-Athletes

The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors today agreed to permit member institutions the discretion to provide education-related benefits and academic or graduation awards or incentives up to $5,980 per academic year to student-athletes in all sports who are receiving athletically related aid.

The recent Supreme Court decision in Alston v. NCAA granted institutions the ability to provide such awards.  

“Following the Court’s decision in Alston, the Board wanted to take time to assess the national landscape before determining how best to activate in this space,” commented Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Today’s action allows each Big 12 member institution the latitude to decide at the campus level the degree to which it provides education-related benefits and/or academic achievement awards or incentives to its scholarship student-athletes.”  

Today’s action by the presidents and chancellors of the Big 12 was on a recommendation of the Conference’s athletics directors.