CFP to increase travel stipend for players' families to $2,500 each

The College Football Playoff has increased its stipend to help players' families with travel costs to the semifinals and national championship game this year, the CFP announced Tuesday.

The CFP will give a $2,500 stipend to each player to help their parents or guardians pay for hotel accommodations, travel and meals. Last January, the playoff announced its reimbursement would be capped at $1,250 per parent or guardian, and it was only for the national title game.

The CFP will give the money to up to 100 families from each participating school.

"We were pleased to implement this expense-reimbursement program for the first College Football Playoff National Championship, and we received warm and sincere positive feedback from the family members," CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a prepared statement. "Extending support to the playoff semifinals will be another terrific benefit for folks who will be thrilled to be present to celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of their student-athletes."

Under a NCAA pilot program, the CFP distributed $500,000 that was used to assist families of athletes from Ohio State and Oregon who attended the game in North Texas on January 12.