FCS program to offer FCOA starting in 2016-17

Another FCS program is about to start covering full cost of attendance for its student athletes, as the University of South Dakota announced that it would begin doing so next year. Even better is that it will offer those stipends for all 17 sports.

“Being a student-athlete at South Dakota is a full-time commitment and as such, it’s important that we support our athletes in any way we can,” said South Dakota Athletics Director David Herbster. “We are fully committed to a Division I championship mindset and this is the next step for Coyote athletics.”

For those unaware, cost of attendance is the gap number between how much it actually costs to attend a school and tuition, room and board, books, etc. Earlier this year, the NCAA established rules that called for cost of attendance to also include transportation and day to day expenses, like groceries and the like.

At South Dakota, those benefits should be worth $4,135 per scholarship.

“This is an exciting time to be a Coyote,” said Herbster. “Support for our recent facility improvements has come from far and wide. Our fans have spoken. Coyote athletics is important to them and they have asked us to provide our student-athletes and coaches with the resources to win championships. Cost of attendance stipends will combine with the academic reputation of USD, an elite coaching staff, new facilities, and best in-region residence halls as proof that we are in it to win it.”

South Dakota opens its football season tomorrow against Kansas State.

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