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NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

For the last few years, a growing drumbeat has sounded about the gap in scholarship money and the "full cost of attendance," which would cover the everyday college expenses that fall outside the purview of what's covered by a full scholarship. Athlete advocates have called such a gap unfair, especially with how many restrictions exist on how athletes may earn extra money. Now, it appears the NCAA has not only listened, it has agreed -- and will do something about it.

On Thursday, the NCAA approved a financial package to distribute up to $2,000 a year or enough to cover full cost of attendance (whichever is less) to "student-athletes in head-count sports (football and basketball) and those in equivalency sports who reach the value of a full scholarship." These extra funds will not be affected by Pell Grants, which is further good news for student-athletes who come from households that struggle financially.

One curious aspect of the reform is that the NCAA agreed not to revisit the $2,000 limit for three years, which could be construed as an arbitrary and excessive amount of time to evaluate whether the figure is sufficient for covering attendance costs. What would the NCAA hope to learn in the third year that it wouldn't after two?

Also of special note is a large increase in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) for postseason eligibility, which you can read about from Tom Fornelli here

Here's the rest of what the NCAA approved, compiled by Eye on College Basketball's Jeff Goodman:

- The Board also adopted the concept that coaches will be able to work with prospective and enrolled student-athletes in the summer - although the leadership council will consider alternate models in January, one that could be tied into summer school attendance.

- Junior college transfers will now need a 2.5 GPA instead of a 2.0 GPA and will also have increased core-course requirements.

- The sliding academic scale has also increased.

- Multi-year grants have been approved up to the full term of eligibility - with one-year remaining the minimum.

- Presidents also voted to allow institutions to provide financial aid to former players who remain or return to complete their degrees after exhausting their eligibility.  

Altogether, this is quite possibly the biggest piece of reform the NCAA has put forward in decades, and is certainly one of the most beneficial reforms it has offered to the players ever. Between the extra money, multi-year scholarships, and continuing aid once a student-athlete becomes just a student, the NCAA has firmly come down in favor of the players -- and against the worst abuses of big-time college sports, like oversigning.

Is this all a perfect fix? No. Can student-athletes get rich in college off of this? Of course not. But is the situation for student-athletes incrementally better than it was before this reform? Yes, substantially so, and if student-athlete welfare is high on your list of priorities, this is a welcome development.

Comments

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:11 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Dumb move because $2000 will turn into $3000 in a few years, then many years later we'll be discussing "what happen?, why is it $50,000 when these are suppose to be students...not professional athletes."




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:10 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Dumb move because $2000 will turn into $3000 in a few years, then many years later we'll be discussing "what happen?, why is it $50,000 when these are suppose to be students...not professional athletes."




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:27 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

I am OK paying the players.  They bring in MILLIONS to the school and spend many many hours doing this.  I know they are getting an education for free, but does the kid that has a full ride on a physics scholly bring 100,000 fans in?  Nope. 

But, I would also base this on how they are doing in their classes and personal life.  I.E...  If a player is getting all A's, then they get the most.  If a player is just scraping by, then they get less.  Give the players some incentive to earn more.

If they get arrested - then bye bye money.

Simple....... 




Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:08 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Allow athletes to get jobs, problem solved.  I worked 40 hours a week in college, every single week, and I still had 15k in student debt when I got out.  These pampered assholes can go to hell.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:27 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Most people are missing the biggest part of this story. The SEC is notorious for cutting players based on athletic performance. That's been their big edge. It allows them to recruit with no regard for who they already have on their roster.They have been playing under different rules than everyone else.  Schools in the other major conferences were already honoring 4 year scholarships. Sorry southerners but now without college football dominance you're back to just being known for your high percentage of illiterate adults, poor hygiene and of course fanatical racism. 



Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:31 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

I do look forward to the day where the farce of football and basketball college athletics disappears into oblivian, though I suspect that future is not forseeable.  It a very demanding 3 or 4 years for a scholarship athlete and it demands tremendous time, energy and sacrafice that most non-scholarship athletes do appreciate.   If the athlete is fortunate enough to keep their head above water and focus on a finite set of priorities, it is also a tremendous experience where memories last for many years. 




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:09 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Meanwhile, millions of other students who aren't on scholarship and don't qualify for any free money from the gov't are racking up more student loan debt than ever without the hopes of one day signing a multi-million dollar contract in the NFL or NBA.  This is the biggest crock of ____.  Is room and board not covered in a full ride scholarship?
Then don't sign up for the loans.  I don't mean to be nasty about it but nobody puts a gun to your head telling you college is the only option and you must go to a school that will leave you thousands upon thousands of dollars in debt when you graduate.  There are plenty of alternatives available to people who think this through.

1st -- the average state college is easily half of what it can cost to attend a private university.
2nd -- work-study programs that can greatly reduce the amount of loans needed
3rd -- academic scholarships -- the last time I checked, schools still rewarded kids for doing well academically in high school
4th -- community colleges still provide core courses every student ends up taking and the credits are transferable to most major colleges and universities and they do it for pennies on the dollar when compared to the big schools

Stop your whining about what is being made available to student-athletes because you weren't good enough to play a sport at that level.  There are many more students who get benefits similar to this but they're on a much lower profile so you don't hear about it.  Students on music scholarships are a great example.  Another one would be ROTC programs for future military officers.  Less than 2% of the student-athletes who play some sport at a college or university ever have a shot at turning pro in their sport.  Most of them use the time to get educated for when their playing days are over and put the opportunity they've been given because of their athletic ability to good use.  Go hate somewhere else, fatcharlie.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:06 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

As a former college football player I say it is about time.  I was on a "Full Ride" but had zero financial support from home.  That being said my job was to play football so I was not allowed to have a outside job.  If I wanted a few bucks to get a late night snack I was screwed because I had no source of income and the meal hall was normally closed by 9PM.  No I was not buying beer, drugs, or tatoos just trying to get by.  Not all college football players do these things and skip class all the time. Many of us actually did very well academically in school and acted responsibily.

As for what about the poor other kids going to class and having to pay their own ways.  I do not have much sympathy as these athletes have EARNED their scholarship through hard work and dedication.  Anyof those other students could have done the same thing. I would like to know how many of those other students are up @ 5:00 for mandatory workouts go to classes all day and then film and practice into the night to be followed by mandatory study hall. THEY DON"T but they deserve the same thing.    

For example my brother in law was a vocal musician.  He was paid in access of $8,000 a year to go to a private college.  His schoalrship covered all his tuition, room and board and his Financial Aid paid him back to the tune of over $24,000 over four years of colege.  HE EARNED IT by honing his musical skills and deserves what he received. 




Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 6:13 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Meanwhile, millions of other students who aren't on scholarship and don't qualify for any free money from the gov't are racking up more student loan debt than ever without the hopes of one day signing a multi-million dollar contract in the NFL or NBA.  This is the biggest crock of ____.  Is room and board not covered in a full ride scholarship?  Oh wait, beer and dope are not covered in 'board?'  Well, then,.....$2,000 ought to last a month or so.....



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 6:02 am
 

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Yet, I don't know of any athletic department that has dispersed its funds throughout the rest of the university to help offset costs for everyone else.

The Florida gator athletic dept contributes millions to the university general fund.  I don't know how common this is at "football factories".





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