The Ohio State athletic department will start offering academic bonus payments to athletes this fall, according to information provided Tuesday to The Dispatch.
Schools have been allowed under NCAA rules to pay athletes up to $5,980 over an academic year for their performance in the classroom following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court nearly a year ago.
In a unanimous decision on NCAA v. Alston in June, it upheld a lower court’s ruling prohibiting the college sports governing body from limiting the education-related compensation and benefits for athletes, citing a violation of federal antitrust laws. The high court did not require schools to give compensation.
As part of the new permissible benefits, Ohio State plans to offer the legally established maximum.
The department will award the bonuses during the fall and spring semesters, disbursing two $1,495 payments each term to eligible athletes.