Major changes to scholarships and recruiting are coming in college athletics. The NCAA Division One Board of Directors has approved a reform package that allows schools to offer more money and multiple years to scholarship offers but also toughens academic recruiting standards. Conferences will now vote on whether to add two-thousand-dollars in spending money to cover full cost of attendance, rather than just tuition, room and board and books. Schools can also decide individually to offer scholarships on a multi-year basis or stick with the current yearly format.
Eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen and junior college transfers has also been increased from a 2.0 grade-point-average in core classes to 2.3. A new Academic Progress Rate cut line will also be phased in over four years starting in the 2012-13 academic year. The cut line will start at 900 and increase to 930. Schools that fall short of that mark will be ineligible for postseason play.