The University of Kentucky will award scholarships that include the full cost of attendance for athletes in all 22 sports the school offers beginning with the 2015-16 school year, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced Wednesday.
Athletic scholarships have historically covered tuition, room, board and books.
The NCAA's five richest conferences voted in January to offer scholarships that cover additional cost-of-living expenses. The amount of those payments — which reportedly could be in the range of $2,000 to $4,000 per year — are to be determined by each school, but must fall within federal guidelines.
"We are pleased to include full cost-of-attendance scholarships and excited to offer them to both current and prospective student-athletes," Barnhart said in a UK news release. "I spoke in support of providing the full cost of attendance on behalf of our league last month. The passage of this legislation is an important step as we move forward in our mission to comprehensively serve UK student-athletes in the best manner possible."
UK President Eli Capilouto said the move falls in line with the school's "steadfast commitment is to put students first in everything that we do."
The "Power Five" conferences — Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern — voted 79-1 in January to allow full cost-of-attendance scholarships.