Parents of hockey players, parents of hockey coaches and other sports fans who can’t make their annual payroll are being urged to do so if they want their money to go toward the sport.
While there’s no shortage of financial aid available, there’s also no shortage to go around.
And parents are getting a heads-up from the NCAA, which is considering expanding its support of student-athletes who need help to make ends meet.
The NCAA’s Financial Aid Policy says athletes, coaches and student-academy employees can receive financial assistance for a variety of expenses, including tuition, room and board, living expenses and other living expenses.
The policy also provides for student-aid scholarships and grants.
And the NCAA says athletes who have received financial aid may use the money for college, graduate school, travel and other expenses.
“We know that it can be very difficult for many families to make a go of it without financial aid, but we also know that financial aid is available to help a lot of students, and it can make a huge difference,” said David C. Cavanaugh, executive director of the NCAA.
“And the way we can help families is to provide an affordable option for them to be able to go to school and to be successful in their education.”
The NCAA said it has received more than 6 million applications for student aid from current and former students.
While some schools will not accept student-loan applications, the NCAA is encouraging students to apply and is working to meet its goals of providing $4 billion in student-aided scholarships to all student-enrolled students.
In a statement, the American Hockey Association said its parents’ group, the Hockey Parents Foundation, had been working to raise awareness of financial assistance available to student-parents.
The group is offering an annual financial aid gift to any parent who needs it.
“The Hockey Parents are a great organization and a great resource for families who are struggling to get by on their own,” said the group’s president, Mark Breen.
“We’ve received thousands of applications and are currently working on the next generation of our members, who will hopefully receive an opportunity to play and have a great career.
Our goal is to be there to help every student-parent, regardless of where they are in their journey.”
Breen added that the foundation has a policy to ensure that parents can access the full range of financial benefits available to them.
The policy, which was developed in conjunction with the NCAA and is also available on its website, provides for a student-coach’s scholarship, student-football scholarship and a full range to all other sports-related expenses.
While it is not the only organization that offers financial aid for students, Breen said the Hockey Parent Foundation is “the only one that provides it to every student.”
The foundation’s financial aid policy also includes a section called the “Financial Plan,” which is designed to help parents get to know the financial situations of their students.
The Hockey Parent Group provides that section as well.
“I think that we’re trying to provide as much information as we can to help them understand where they can go to find help and what options are available for them,” Breen added.
“There’s a lot to do with being able to be a parent, and the financial aid system is a great place to start that process.
Parents who are making hard decisions on how to make that transition, and who can use our financial help, we want them to know that we are here to help.
We want them at the table and are trying to make them feel good about that.”
The Hockey Parent group also has a website where parents can see more information about financial aid.