As a result of the White Case settlement, the NCAA has created the Former Student-Athlete Fund web site to assist qualified candidates applying for receipt of career development services and/or reimbursement of educational expenses under the terms of the agreement with plaintiffs in a federal antitrust lawsuit.
The settlement, approved on August 4, 2008 by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, ends a case in which plaintiffs argued that limiting student-athlete grants-in-aid to tuition, room and board and books in certain sports amounted to a restriction of trade.
Among other things, the settlement agreement called for the creation of a $10 million fund to provide certain career development services and reimburse various educational expenses to those former student-athletes who were members of the class involved in the lawsuit (and who qualify under and comply with requirements associated with the Fund). The Fund is intended to allow the former student-athletes at issue to gain career development skills and further their overall education. The class consists of student-athletes that received an athletics grant-in-aid and were (1) a Football Bowl Subdivision (formally Division I-A) football player, or (2) a men’s basketball player in the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Pac-10, SEC, Sun Belt, MAC, Mountain West, WAC, Atlantic 10, Horizon League, Colonial Athletic Association, Missouri Valley Conference or West Coast Conference at any time between February 17, 2002 and August 4, 2008.
The deadline to submit a claim for reimbursement was August 31, 2011. If you have a question regarding an outstanding claim payment, please contact Sarah Wuestefeld at the NCAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317/917-6256.