Covering what scholarships don't
The autonomy conferences – the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern – redefined athletics scholarships to include the federally reported full cost of attendance. That means student-athletes can receive additional funds to cover the difference between what their athletics scholarship traditionally covered and the additional expenses of attending school. The value of those benefits can differ from campus to campus, and all Division I schools can choose to participate.
Additionally, the $80 million Student Assistance Fund is available to Division I student-athletes for essential needs, from flying home for a funeral or buying a winter coat to purchasing a laptop needed for class.