- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota says it will begin providing stipends to scholarship athletes in all sports beginning next year.

The school already covers fees and tuition, board, books and personal expenses for men’s and women’s ice hockey. Director of Athletics Brian Faison says the program will be expanded to cover all student-athletes on athletic aid for 2016-17.

Faison says it’s a necessary step that empowers coaches to continue recruiting high-caliber student-athletes when competing against regional peer institutions.

The move follows the lead of Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse North Dakota State, which announced last week that it would provide thousands of dollars of such stipends to scholarship athletes in all 16 sports beginning next year.

Faison says details regarding funding will be finalized over the next several weeks.

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