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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.


Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:24 am

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

I hope it works ncaa is in such disaray

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:11 am

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Another drum is beating too...Every step they take...proves they do not need to be in existence...


 one of the most beneficial reforms it has offered to the players ever

The entertainers generate ALL THE CASH, and you throw them nothing...and keep it all. You inglorious thieving pricks. I hope that when the end comes, it happens quickly and with extreme prejudice. This raping has been growing to the point of insane for 30 years.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:18 am

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

With the extra pocket cash, you'll probably see a noticeable spike in the tatoo and jewelry business around these 'factories'.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:32 am

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Incredibly embarrassing for the NCAA.  
Not that its $2000, but rather that its only for men's football and basketball.
This is a rule for the SEC, nothing more.
And I guess its not the same for girls than for boys, or any other sports. I guess football players practice more often than soccer players, right?  Or men basketball players than girls?
What a joke.
I really really hope the government taxes these fools like any other business now.


Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:50 am

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

Cam Newton Rule.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:11 pm

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

What the F does this say to the kids who actually go to class? and WORK to become better more educated kids who are able to hopefully get a job in the 'real' world?  When these kids are getting paid?  Also how does this look to the others who play sports at this level?  Tennis, Golf, Track and Field and the like that don't have stadiums to fill?  Terrible and IMO just plain WORNG!

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:06 pm

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance


I agree with you that the conference realignment games being played are a travesty and based SOLELY on money.  It makes me sick.  But, what also makes me sick are the people who try and justify money to players as a way to offset their "hardship" including potential injury.  I will say this slowly for those who still don't get it.  C o l l e g e  a t h l e t i c s  i s  v o l u n t a r y...their choice.  So, it is also their choice if they want to risk injury for something other than a profession.  If any player at the collegiate level walks into a sport and either doesn't know or doesn't believe they can get injured in pursuit of the "golden ticket", then they are probably too dumb to be in college in the first place.  The real victims here are the other students who will be footing the bills to pay this stipend and education in general, since it is obviously much less of a priority than it used to be.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:30 pm

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance


Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:23 pm

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

This move by the NCAA was approved to quell the growing chatter from players about pay. I hear arguments about this move leading to a slippery slope. That is a weak argument as football is by far the most dangerous sport in collegiate sports. Each practice or football game can possible lead to a disability. Do you think it is the NCAA's duty to pay for the healthcare of the paraplegic Rutgers football player? If your answer is no, then it justifies my opinion that these players need to be paid. All the conference realignment issues have to do with soley money. It has nothing to do with the welfare of the students. The NCAA is a modern day plantation creating wealth from free labor. 

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:13 pm

NCAA approves $2,000 for full cost of attendance

We got $15 for breakfast the morning of a swim meet.

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