In the fall of 2011, University of Alabama women's gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson saw the miscellaneous expense allowance put to good use with one of her student-athletes. She explains why it is important:
"There’s a need for it. It’s our obligation to provide for student-athlete welfare, and this obviously falls within that category. It’s in the best interest of the student-athletes, and that’s what we’re in this for. I just hope that people can see stories like Lauren Beers, the oldest of seven children, how this afforded her the opportunity to see her family. If we can go case by case and look at the positives of how this was used, maybe the NCAA membership will reconsider."