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AP: Athletes have to pay about $3,000 a year to be on scholarship

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Blitz, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    I'm not buying this story. This is not happening at the biggest colleges.

    Study: Scholarship athletes still pay for school
    By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER - Associated Press

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - A new study suggests that the so-called "free ride" for college scholarship athletes isn't quite so free.

    The report by Ithaca College researchers and a national athletes' advocacy group shows that the average "full scholarship" Division I athlete winds up having to pay $2,951 annually in school-related expenses not covered by grants-in-aid.

    The shortfall represents the difference between educational expenses such as tuition, student fees, room and board and ancillary costs not covered by scholarships, from campus parking fees to calculators and computer disks required for classes.

    At some schools, the shortfall can approach or exceed tuition costs. At Arkansas-Little Rock, for instance, the 2009 shortfall is nearly $11,000, said Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA linebacker who now heads the National College Players Association.

    "It's really deceptive to use the words 'full scholarship,'" he said. "There's never an explanation for recruited athletes that the price tag for attending school falls short of the scholarship amount."

    College athletes whose academic expenses aren't fully covered by scholarships are more susceptible to the influence of money-wielding sports agents, Huma suggested. In a recent Sports Illustrated report, a former agent said he paid more than 30 college football players from 1990-96. Seven of the athletes confirmed that account.

    "The amounts of money he talked about giving these players falls within the scholarship shortfalls," Huma said. "These players are putting everything on the line to get a few bucks in order to make ends meet ... and to meet their basic necessities."

    "If they were to fully fund scholarships, there would be less temptation."

    A law passed in California earlier this month requires the state's colleges and universities to disclose more complete information about the actual costs of attendance, as well as details about uncovered medical expenses and policies on scholarship renewal and transferring to other schools.

    The scholarship study by Huma's group and Ithaca College's Graduate Program in Sport Management is based on data submitted by individual schools to the U.S. Department of Education.

    An NCAA spokesman called the current scholarship formula "appropriate for most student-athletes" and noted that some can obtain federal Pell Grants and other need-based aid in addition to athletic-related assistance.

    The association's Division I Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid Cabinet considered changes to the scholarship formula last year "allowing athletics aid up to the cost of attendance," but the proposal was not endorsed for further consideration, said NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson.

    Another NCAA committee recently endorsed eight separate proposals allowing athletes to accept more financial aid - both merit- and need-based - without affecting team limits on such aid.

    At Missouri-Kansas City, which ranks fifth-highest in the new study with average out-of-pocket expenses of $5,030 annually, athletic director Tim Hall said the school is up front with recruits about their financial responsibilities beyond the scholarship amount.

    "UMKC coaches and staff are careful to communicate to our potential student-athletes exactly what financial aid package will be provided to them," he said.
  2. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Study: Average Joes/Joannes can't get into Michigan, Cal or Penn State with borderline grades and if they have great grades and get in they pay $20K a year to go to in-state public school and hundreds in student-loan payments every month for years after they're done.

  3. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    I never knew that kids on academic scholarships had parking fees, calculators, etc., paid for them. What a load of crap.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I know of several schools where players would register for a class that had a ton of textbooks after they were given the money to buy the books, they would drop the class and pocket about $150.
  5. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    A whole $3,000 ... boohooo.

    It costs my sister $48K a year for my niece to go to Fordham and live in a dorm/apartment at Lincoln Center.
  6. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    That's probably an urban myth. I teach at a D1 school and have taught at two others (one in the big time) ... the book-buying process has varied very little across all three. Athletes' books are essentially loaned to them via something akin to a voucher program. If they don't turn them in they have to reimburse at regular retail, well above the standard value.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    For $48K a year, she could at least go to a decent school. :D

    Hopefully, she's not majoring in journalism. Hopefully Uncle Spnited put the kibosh on that. :D
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    18 years ago it wasn't a myth. I had two close friends who did it regularly.
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    She's waaaaaaaaaaaay too smart to go into journalism...theater production
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Uh, yeah... That's uh, much better... :D
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Soooo... miming for tips at Grand Central is it?
  12. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    "Mime is money ..."
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