Patriot League Allows Football Scholarships

THE PATRIOT League Council of Presidents endorsed a policy Feb. 13 that will allow athletic merit aid for the sport of football beginning with the class enrolling in fall 2013.

President Daniel H. Weiss said, “The Council of Presidents’ decision to adjust the current need-based model of financial aid in football, which has been in effect since the founding of the league in 1986, comes after extensive study and discussion of alternative models and a thorough evaluation of the benefits and potential costs associated with athletic merit aid in the sport. The decision reflects the presidents’ shared commitment to the stability and long-term positioning of the league and to its strength, competitiveness, and quality.”

Lafayette will “comply with the new league policy in a manner that requires no additional allocation of resources from the College’s education and general budget and that meets Title IX responsibilities,” Weiss said. “The College will offer merit aid in football beginning with the class entering in fall 2013. Details will be developed in the coming months.”

Each school is permitted to award no more than the equivalent of 15 athletic financial aid awards each year to incoming football student-athletes, including transfers. The total amount of all countable financial aid awarded to all football student-athletes may not exceed 60 equivalencies in any year.

“Lafayette derives immeasurable value from our affiliation with the Patriot League, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to it,” said Weiss, chair of the league’s Council of Presidents.