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NCAA to again pay Final Four family travel expenses

Program extends to its third year in Division I

The NCAA will again pay for family travel to the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours.

The NCAA will pay up to $3,000 for the family of each student-athlete competing in the semifinal rounds of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships – and up to $4,000 for the teams that advance to the national championship games – which is consistent with how the pilot program operated in the past.

The waiver extension from the NCAA also allows the College Football Playoff to pay for student-athlete family travel to its 2017 semifinal and championship games.

“The NCAA is committed to providing student-athletes with the best possible experience,” said Joni Comstock, interim executive vice president for championships and alliances. “Championships are meant to be a celebration of student-athletes, and we are glad that their families can be included in the memories that come from being present in the moment.”

The funds are intended to cover transportation, hotel and meal expenses for each of the family members of the student-athletes competing in these championship contests. Participating schools are expected to ensure all family members receiving the funds will be in attendance at their respective game and use the funds accordingly.

This is the third year of the family travel pilot program. The Division I Council is committed to reviewing this topic over the next year to find the best possible permanent plan to ensure these championships are an affordable experience for families.