In a historic move, student-athlete and faculty representatives from the 65 schools in “Power Five” conferences voted 79-1 Saturday to expand the scope of athletic scholarships for NCAA athletes.
Historic moment: Power Five athletes will be paid beyond the traditional scholarship up to federally determined actual cost of attendance.
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) January 17, 2015
Athletic scholarships currently cover tuition, room and board, books and other academic fees, but leave student-athletes shorthanded by roughly $3,000 annually, according to the National College Players Association. Under the proposal approved Saturday at the NCAA’s annual convention, scholarships at all Division I schools for all sports can now also cover “expenses such as academic-related supplies, transportation and other similar items,” per a release from the NCAA. “The value of those benefits can differ from campus to campus.”
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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.