Every year this topic is brought up when a program that doesn't offer athletic scholarships makes a run (Cornell and Yale in the past, and this year, Union).
Is there a bigger farce in college hockey? Does anyone out there still honestly believe that the top players at these schools are paying one cent to go there? No athletic scholarships means no oversight. These schools are free to load students up with all the award packages and aid they can find under any criteria.
Is that wrong? Nope. But let's can the illusion that these schools are somehow advancing despite a competitive disadvantage.