Until recently college athletes could not be compensated beyond scholarships,
but the National Collegian Athletic Association (or NCAA) changed that after a June ruling by the US supreme court,
said such policies violate antitrust laws.
Now American student athletes can be paid under a rule known as NIL
which stands for Name, Image and Likeness for things like autographs advertisements or merchandise.
But the rules impact on international student athletes isnt clear yet.
I mean I dont get the difference between international student athlete and American besides nationality,
but at the end of the day we all humans all have this.
I dont get how your nationality should play a role.
Student visas held by players like Terence Fall, a native of France, limit how much foreign students can earn.
If the football player at Brigham Young University profited from his NIL, it could jeopardize his visa status to remain in the US.
Immigration attorney Rob Seiger has advised universities and athletic programs.
He says international student athletes should handle the new rule with caution.
Really really be careful about it because you know a lot of players come here.
Theyre not only here to gain their education but you know depending on your sport,
eventually maybe get you know looked at drafted and moved to another piece.
You just dont want to do anything to impact your future in the short term.
Sports attorney Dan Lust says if an international student athlete receives payment,
it could impact their eligibility to play and their immigration status.
Its a very slippery slope and anytime right you dont have the answer to a question and your eligibility is at stake.
Potentially your status to stay in America is at stake.
I think you stay clear of these things.
Fall says he is confident that NIL rules will eventually allow international athletes to be paid,
but plans to move carefully if he is offered a deal.
I would talk to them and then see what are my rights and what Im able to do,
and then if it ends up saying that it would affect my playing of football, then I wouldnt do it.
I wouldnt put no money over football.
Universities have been unable to offer guidance because the position of the US citizenship and immigration service remain murky.
He just dont know what the governments meaning on immigration is how theyre ultimately going to come down on this.
Lust says all students domestic and international should be careful when considering an NIL deal.
So nothing is set in stone and you really should be questioning everything that you assign and really assuming nothing.
Connor Smith for VOA news Washington