The National Football League is giving players a new, streamlined path to eligibility.
And now it’s giving them a new way to apply.
The league released a new form Tuesday that players can fill out in order to gain eligibility for the league’s three tiers of scholarships.
The NFL’s three-tier scholarships are meant to be used to help lower-income players stay in school, but also for those who need help to earn an edge on the field.
Under the new forms, players can apply for up to five percent of their school’s total scholarship allotment.
Players are also able to earn more than half of the allotment through their athletic scholarships.
Those in the top tier of scholarships can also earn up to 20 percent of the total allotment, or more.
Under one of the new applications, for example, players could earn up a whopping 50 percent of any remaining scholarship allotments.
That would mean that players who earn up the entire allotment can earn up 25 percent of a school’s athletic scholarships and up to 25 percent for a medical scholarship.
Another new application form lets players apply for 10 percent of scholarship allotting that they earn from other sources.
That means players can earn as much as 40 percent of athletic scholarships, 20 percent for medical scholarships and 10 percent for other sources, such as scholarships from parents or the state.
The new forms also help players who are eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Supplemental Nutrition Program, or SNAP, is an $8 billion program that provides cash assistance to low-income families.
The National Football Leagues Association, which runs the NFL, said in a statement that it “recognizes the importance of ensuring that the full potential of scholarship programs is available to all athletes.”
The NFL’s top tier scholarships are designed to help athletes stay in high school, and players can also apply for 15 percent of all athletic scholarships that the league has.
“We are confident in the ability of the NFL to ensure that the opportunity to participate in the supplemental nutrition program is available, regardless of how much a student earns,” the NFLPA said.