The NCAA Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday unanimously voted to require schools to provide a series of new benefits for college athletes that includes enhanced health-care coverage and funding for completion of undergraduate degrees after their playing careers end, the association announced.
The changes, set to take effect in August 2024, are among those recommended in January by a Transformation Committee that had been charged with a wide-ranging examination of the future of major-college sports.
The new changes are significant. They include requiring all Division I schools to provide:
►Out-of-pocket medical expenses during an athlete’s playing career.
►Medical coverage for athletically related injuries for at least two years after graduation or the completion of a college sports career. Schools in the Power Five conferences already are required to do this. Pac-12 Conference schools cover athletes for four years.
►Funds that would allow an athlete who had been on a full athletic scholarship to complete an undergraduate degree anytime during the 10 years after the end of their playing career.
►Protection against an athlete losing their scholarship for athletic reasons, as is already required of Power Five schools.
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