NCAA temporarily suspends new student-athlete stipend program

The NCAA has suspended its new initiative that would allow student-athletes to receive additional financial benefits from the school.

The NCAA announced Thursday that it has temporarily shelved its new policy that gave schools the option to give full-ride scholarship student-athletes up to a $2,000 stipend for cost-of-living expanses.


The policy was suspended after 125 NCAA-member schools called for the plan to be vetoed until January when the NCAA Division I Board of Directors meets again. Schools were concerned about how quickly the plan would be implemented and possible Title IX implications, NCAA officials told The Associated Press.

NCAA President Mark Emmert also told the Associated Press on Thursday that he thinks the concerns can be addressed.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted in October to approve the $2,000 stipend for full-ride scholarship athletes. The policy did not require schools to add the benefit, but the NCAA did inform conferences to consider common application of this new rule within their membership.

Both the MPSF and MIVA announced in October that they would wait to see how other conferences implemented the new NCAA policy before establishing their own common applications.

Under the approved policy in October, Division II men’s volleyball teams would be ineligible to give players the stipend even if they play in a conference with Division I teams.