Pacific extends athletic scholarships
University of the Pacific Vice President of External Relations and Athletics Ted Leland has announced that consistent with new NCAA legislation, all scholarship aid agreements for student-athletes can now be offered for four years or through their remaining eligibility. This will be effective beginning with the recent fall of 2011 signings, for the 2012-13 academic year.
Additionally, in accordance with new NCAA legislation, Pacific will offer all new scholarship and renewal recipients in men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball an extra $2000 per academic year. According to the NCAA, student-athletes who receive full athletics scholarships or get other school financial aid combined with athletics aid to equal a full scholarship will have the opportunity to receive additional athletics aid (or other institutional aid, including use of the Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund) up to the institution's calculation of full cost of attendance or $2,000, whichever is less.
"As we continue our success on the field and in the classroom, this is a great step forward for University of the Pacific and Pacific Athletics," said Leland.
"It is beneficial that we can sign our recruits to 4 year grant-in-aids with an additional stipend of $2,000 per year," said women's volleyball head coach Greg Gibbons. "First, the four year scholarships allows us to give a full commitment to the girls we have recruited as opposed to the four one year grant-in-aids we have done in the past. In addition, the stipend will help pay any additional academic expenses that happen over the course of the year. It will help with summer school or any other course related fees that arise during the academic year."
"The allotment of the $2,000 cost-of-attendance stipend speaks to the level of support from our administration for our sport, and the desire of Pacific athletics to win championships," said women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts. "I'm very grateful that our student-athletes will benefit from our university's continued support of its women's basketball program. From a recruiting standpoint, being able to offer this cost of admission stipend won't put the program at a recruiting disadvantage, and I think that the academic component of the NCAA's changes will also help level the playing field for private schools like Pacific, which have had high academic admissions standards all along."
"It's a great idea to offer scholarships for more than one year," said men's basketball head coach Bob Thomason. "Families and student-athletes should have security and know that you are in it for the long haul, which is a fabulous thing for the NCAA to do.
The additional $2,000 is something that is long overdue. There are a lot of restrictions that prevent student-athletes from getting jobs and this gives them a little spending money."