Travel stipends expanded for College Football Playoff

Putting a child through college costs families an arm and a leg. For the parents of student athletes, the cost is lowered somewhat with scholarships but it is still up there. Many of these student athletes are going to school out of state and this makes it hard on their parents to be able to see them play.

The College Football Playoff made this a little easier last season though for those families of those playing in the College Football Playoff Championship. Last year the CFP gave a reimbursement to cover travel expenses for a maximum of two parents or guardians per athlete. The reimbursement will be a maximum $2,500, $1,250 per parent or guardian.

The CFP announced that they will be expanding these reimbursements to the CFP semifinals as well. A $2,500 stipend will be given to 100 student-athletes from each of the four semifinal teams. The stipends for the CFP championship will continue to be given to those families.

“We were pleased to implement this expense-reimbursement program for the first College Football Playoff National Championship and we received warm and sincere positive feedback from the family members. Extending support to the Playoff Semifinals will be another terrific benefit for folks who will be thrilled to be present to celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of their student-athletes,” executive director of CFP, Bill Hancock, said in a statement.

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