The new rule will take effect Aug. 1. Working group members said UNC student-athletes will benefit from the change.
“At this point, we are planning to provide full cost of attendance to all of the scholarships we currently offer,” said Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham, who attended the NCAA convention where the legislation was passed.
UNC’s cost of attendance is $24,120 for in-state students and $50,938 for out-of-state students for the 2014-15 academic year.
In addition to the room, board, books, tuition and fees that current scholarships cover, the change allows for other expenses to be paid for. The NCAA also said student-athlete scholarships can only be taken away for academic or disciplinary reasons, not athletic.
Lissa Broome, a member of the working group who also attended the convention, said she worried non-revenue sports might still get neglected.
“Our big fear ... is some schools will decide to fully fund football and basketball and neglect other sports,” said Broome, who is the faculty athletics representative to the ACC and NCAA.