New England commits financial aid violations, could impact hockey team

The University of New England was cited for failing to monitor its financial aid process, according to findings by the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions.

The university awarded financial aid packages during two academic years to student-athletes in a pattern clearly distinguishable from what was provided to all students at the university. Penalties include two years of probation, a suspension for the director of athletics and forfeiture of the financial aid in question.

Among the other penalties listed, the hockey team could also be impacted. Six hockey student-athletes who received aid from the Diversity Scholarship could choose to continue to participate in athletics and receive reduced financial aid, or continue to receive the higher amount and no longer participate in athletics. This sanction was self-imposed by the university.