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Intent and Principles:

The Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund (SAOF) is intended to provide direct benefits to student-athletes or their families as determined by conference offices. As a guiding principle, the funds shall be used to assist student-athletes in meeting financial needs that arise in conjunction with participation in intercollegiate athletics, enrollment in an academic curriculum or that recognize academic achievement.

Eligibility for the Funds:

All student-athletes, including walk-ons, and medicals are eligible for SAOF monies. No prospects are eligible except for those receiving summer financial aid prior to full-time enrollment.

Prohibited Uses for the Fund:

  • Salaries and Benefits
  • Grants-in-aid (other than summer school) for student-athletes with remaining eligibility
  • Capital improvements
  • Stipends
  • Upgrading Team Travel (i.e. from vans to buses)
  • Meals during Academic Year (i.e. training table)
  • Massage Therapy (unless for medical purposes)
  • Athletically Related Opportunities (i.e. foreign tour)

Permissible uses of the fund (MUST SUBMIT RECEIPTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT):

Educational Expenses and Fees (not to exceed $200 in given year):

  • Expendable Supplies - theatre tickets, lab equipment, newspapers, etc.
    • Toward major courses or UC requirements
  • Educational Supplies - recommended material relating to course as evidenced by syllabus
    • Toward major courses or UC requirements
  • Other Educational expenses
    • Please see the ADSA for laptop or calculator check-outs
    • Funds toward calculators will only be approved once during your academic time at SMU and major must be declared             

Health and Safety Expenses:

  • Recommended by Athletic Training room only and must impact participation
  • Must be approved PRIOR to services. Reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Athletic Administration

Personal or Family Expenses:

  • Clothing Allowance
    • Total amount in given year not to exceed $400 ($200 reimbursed per semester)
    • Pell eligible or need-based student-athletes only
    • Visit Life Skills office for need-based application
  • Death or tragic event in immediate family
    • Up to $400 toward travel expenses
    • Parents, siblings, grandparents only

Institutional Academic or Programming Enhancements:

  • Approved on a case-by-case basis
  • Academic Support Services
  • Other Academic or Programming Expenses

 SMU's Limits on SAOF:

  • Funds will be distributed until the SAOF allotment is exhausted

 Deadline for Submission:

  • Friday, January 24, 2014 - For applications relating to Fall Semester
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - For applications relating to Spring Semester
  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - For applications relating to Summer School (if funds are available)


  • All applicants will be notified via email whether their application was approved or denied and when check is available for pick-up
  • Every applicant has the right to request reconsideration from Monique Holland (Sr. Associate AD/Senior Woman Administrator) if your application is denied
  • Fulfillment of Educational and Expendable supplies relating to a course will be distributed after the drop date. If you have withdrawn from the course your application will be denied:
    • Fall Semester - Friday, November 8, 2013
    • Spring Semester - Friday, April 25, 2014