Ask Coach Taylor – What is the Difference Between Official Visits and Unofficial Visits
Coach Taylor- What is the difference between official visits and unofficial visits?
An Official visit is paid for by the college, an unofficial is paid for by the family. On an official visit, the NCAA allows a school to pay for lodging, transportation, meals, and entertainment. So that includes airfare, rental car, and 3 meals a day. The school is NOT allowed to pay for your parents. If you stay overnight with a member of the team on campus, the coach may not pay for your parents hotel. On an unofficial visit, a coach is able to provide tickets to 3 sporting events under $100, transportation to an off-site venue, and the student-athlete may stay overnight with a team member. Official visits cannot be made until the opening day of class senior year.
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