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NCAA considering need-based stipend for athletes


The NCAA is still trying to figure out how to work an additional athletic stipend into legislation. The proposal to allow conferences/schools to provide up to an additional $2,000 for athletes was initially passed last fall, but met enough opposition to warrant a suspension until a later date

Now, with a re-vote on the matter likely at the end of summer, the NCAA is exploring a couple new options for an athletic scholarship. According to the Birmingham News, these options are:

  • Allow schools to provide upward of $2,000 to athletes without financial need as a requirement. Factors determining the actual amount would vary based on school and head count vs. equivalency sports (in other words, a baseball player receiving a 50 percent scholarship would receive $1,000). This is the original idea passed last fall.
  • Require athletes to demonstrate need by going through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Allow schools to tap into the Student-Athlete Opportunity Funds for the additional stipend.

NCAA Division I Vice President David Berst said there is no frontrunner so far and feedback is being welcomed.

It’s worth a few minutes to read the BN piece HERE. The NCAA has a lot of work to do before this is resolved — that is, if it isn’t thrown into the trash altogether out of indecision. The need-based option falls under a more traditional, academic model, but personally, family income and the time an athlete dedicates to his/her sport are two independent and irrelevant stats.

What are your thoughts?

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6 Responses to “NCAA considering need-based stipend for athletes”
  1. kozbee says: May 14, 2012 9:46 PM

    My thought college athletes should receive a stipend as long as they stay out of trouble.Anytime an athlete breaks the law then that or those that break it should lose their stipend for the remainder of that season.If the violation is bad enough that they get kicked off the team should not receive another stipend if they rejoin another school.This will make them think before breaking the law.JMO

  2. seanb20124 says: May 15, 2012 6:14 AM

    Need based? Sounds like a breeding ground for fraud!

  3. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 10:44 AM

    Any “needs-based” stipend should extend to ANY student out there. Otherwise, it’s “pay-for-play” and creats a situation ripe for abuse and corruption.

  4. peteyraymond says: May 15, 2012 4:42 PM

    Let’s see. “Needs Based” athletes can get $5,600 a year from a Pell Grant ($467 a month), then another $2,000 stipend. That comes to a total of $633 a month. If these athletes have all their tuition, room & board, books, activities fees, etc. paid for, do they really need $158 a week spending money? That seems like a LOT more than the average student tosses around every week for sundries.

    P.S. I do like the idea of losing the stipend for any violations. They should also yank the Pell Grants for any violations.

  5. abrellbama says: May 15, 2012 5:18 PM

    These kids receive around $17,000.00 a year cash, not to be paid back for rent, and whatever else they need. You give them another $2,000.00 and it won’t stop the problem. They want to live like kings when they are just college kids. They spend it on things like drugs, alcohol, and things that they shouldn’t be doing. I think they receive enough cash.

  6. joeschulz says: May 16, 2012 3:53 PM

    If a “full ride” does not provide a full ride, redefine what is to be covered and move on. If some schools cannot afford to give out the newly defined full ride, let them give out fewer or define a new category less than a full ride and give out those.
    This looks like an opportunity to look at the whole, “What is a scholarship?” question. Is the school giving out 4 or 5 or 1 year scholarships. There will be a whole lot less “oversigning” if the kid gets to continue his education without playing and still gets counted in the maximum of 85.
    Assign a revision of the entire scholarship system to a committee and let them provide one or more options.

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