The Ocean State University (OSU) academic advisors within the athletic department want to make sure all of OSU’s recent signees are on track with meeting NCAA initial eligibility standards. They would like to review the signees’ transcripts and test scores, so they ask the guidance counselors at each of the signees’ high schools for this information. So there is not a delay in receiving these documents, can OSU pay for express delivery charges for the high schools?
Yes. NCAA Official Interpretation- 2/7/14- Institution Providing Expenses to Related to Delivery of a Prospective Student-Athlete’s Transcript and Test Score (I) – states that it is permissible for an institution to provide expenses (e.g., transcript fee, express delivery charges) for a prospective student-athlete’s institution to send his or her academic transcript to the institution or the NCAA Eligibility Center and to pay the fee for a prospective student-athlete’s ACT or SAT score to be sent from the testing agency to the institution, provided the prospective student-athlete has signed a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or the institution has received his or her financial deposit in response to its offer of admission.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.2.1 (offers and inducements — general regulation) and 188.8.131.52 (ACT and SAT scores); Official Interpretations (4/6/94, Item No. 4) and (4/13/90, Item No. 9), which has been archived; and a staff interpretation (12/20/13, item a), which has been archived.]