Due to the heavy response during the fall term, please allow approximately one month for reimbursement. Therefore, it is advisable that all statements and receipts are submitted as early as possible. The player must also include their current address and telephone number with all requests.
Please be advised that the player is entitled to reimbursement only for the actual expenses incurred during attendance at school.
The expenses for which the Club is liable are limited to the cost of tuition, fees, textbooks and living expenses. The player is eligible for room and board only if he is living away from home while attending school. If a player resides off-campus, he will be reimbursed to the extent he would have been charged for on-campus residence. If the player attends a college away from his home city that has no facilities for on-campus housing, the player shall receive a living allowance of $15.00 per day for semesters/quarters through and including the summer of 2011. For expenses related to semesters/quarters beginning with the fall of 2011, the participant will be reimbursed at the rate of $35 per day.
For all players who were awarded Scholarship PlanÕs on or after January 12, 2005, please note that all payments will be made net of taxes.
Statements/Receipts for all allowable charges should be mailed or faxed to the College Scholarship Plan administrator at the Club which is responsible for paying the playerÕs Scholarship Plan expenses (generally the organization the player initially signed with). A list of the Club Scholarship Plan administrators and their contact information can be found at www.mlb.com/scholarship.
Proper submission of bills for reimbursement under the Scholarship Plan is as follows:
The following procedures must be followed when submitting statement/receipts. If not submitted properly, the player's claim will not be processed.
Tuition and Fees:
Each statement shall give details as to exactly what is included in the bill, including the Semester or Quarter to which the billed charges are attributable to. The statement should also indicate when the term starts and ends. The player should indicate in their letter whether or not they have already made payment of the charges in question. The player must include an official receipt from the school indicating that the charges have been paid in order to be reimbursed directly. If the player has not provided proof that they have paid the charges, the Club will reimburse the school directly.
The tuition bill should clearly indicate the name of the school, the number of credit hours the player is enrolled in, amount of the tuition, and whether or not the tuition balance is due to the college or has been paid by the player.
If the player is attending school on a full-time basis, he must be enrolled in 12 credit hours at a semester school; 10 credit hours at a quarter school
in order to qualify for full-time reimbursement. If the player is attending a school on a part-time basis, (minimum of 6 credit hours at a semester school; 5 credit hours at a quarter school)
the payment will be pro-rated accordingly.
In order to be reimbursed for textbooks, the player needs to submit a bill from the bookstore covering the purchase of the textbooks. The player should be sure the receipt itemizes each book purchased.
Please note that reimbursement for living expenses cannot be requested until the completion of the semester and that the request must be made within 90 days of the last day of classes. Also note that living expenses are only available for those semesters attended within 10 years of the date that the player signs his first Minor League Uniform Player Contract.
If a player resides off-campus, he shall be reimbursed to the extent he would have been charged for on-campus residence. If the player attends a college that has no facilities for on-campus residence, the player shall receive a living allowance of $15.00 per day for semesters/quarters through and including the summer of 2011. For expenses related to semesters/quarters beginning with the fall of 2011, the participant will be reimbursed at the rate of $35 per day.
If the player resides on-campus, an official copy of the room and board charges incurred must be provided, along with a copy of the playerÕs official academic transcripts for the term.
If the player is living away from home, but not residing on campus, a copy of the playerÕs lease and one monthÕs rent receipt must be submitted, along with a copy of the playerÕs official academic transcripts for the term. The player should also provide the first date of the term and the last date of actual attendance at school. If the player attends a school which has room and board facilities and the player wishes to be reimbursed for what it would have cost to live on campus, a copy of the room and board rates must also be submitted. If room and board rates are not submitted, the player will receive the living allowance per diem.
Expense items which the Professional Baseball Scholarship Plan will pay are limited to:
The player must be enrolled in a full-time course of study (minimum of ten credit hours in a quarter system; six credit hours if bi-semester or tri-semester system) at an accredited college or university in pursuit of an undergraduate degree.
Any such part-time enrollment will reduce the semester on a pro-rated basis for each credit hour not taken in a part-time enrollment, based on a twelve-credit semester or ten-credit quarter system.
Expense items which the Professional Baseball Scholarship Plan will not pay include but are not limited to:
When Club is relieved of payment:
- Transportation to and from college
- Automobile parking and/or parking tickets
- Medical insurance or infirmary charges
- Laundry and cleaning bills
- Clothing; jewelry; furniture; typewriters; computers (including laptops); calculators; telephones
- Personal property
- Fraternity or club initiation fees or dues
Unconditional release of the player or his placement on the Military List shall not relieve the Club of the obligation to make such payment, but the Club shall be relieved of such obligation should the player:
- Fail to commence studies within two years after the date he ceases to be reserved by a Major League Club or Minor League Club, voluntarily retires or is reserved on an Inactive List, whichever comes first, unless he again becomes reserved to a Major League or Minor League Club (not on an Inactive List) within such two-year period (independent leagues that are not affiliated with Major League Clubs do not count as active service);
- If, after commencement of studies and after he retires or is released by a Major League or Minor League Club and is not signed again as a player by a Major League or Minor League Club within the two years following the his release, fail to attend college within two consecutive years of the participant's most recent college enrollment; or;
- Be placed on the Ineligible List.
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