Patriot League Defers Decision on Football Financial Aid

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Dec. 15, 2010

Center Valley, Pa. - The Patriot League Council of Presidents tabled a decision to amend its current need-based financial aid system for football, it was announced following the Council of Presidents meeting on Tuesday.

"Following extensive discussions at their meetings this week, the Patriot League Council of Presidents elected to table a decision to adjust the current need-limited model of financial aid for two years pending additional deliberations related to the League's strategic direction," the Council of Presidents announced in a joint statement.

"We had discussions about various financial aid models and recognized and evaluated the benefits as well as the potential costs associated with athletic merit aid for football. League presidents expressed their commitment to the stability and long-term positioning of the League."

It is permissible for Patriot League institutions to offer athletic merit aid in the League's other 22 sports. However, it is an institutional decision regarding the amount and sports for which financial aid is made available. Since its inception in 1986, Patriot League football has been considered a separate entity and has maintained a need-limited approach.

Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College and Lehigh University are full Patriot League members who sponsor football, while Fordham University and Georgetown University compete in Patriot League football as associate members.

The Patriot League has held an automatic qualifying berth into the NCAA tournament since 1997 and continues to meet the standards to be eligible.

Founded as a successful football-only League in 1986, the Patriot League became an all-sport conference in 1990 and includes American University, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy as full members. These institutions are among the oldest and most prestigious academic institutions in the nation.

There will be no further comment from the Patriot League on this matter.