By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A new study suggests that the so-called
"free ride" for college scholarship athletes isn't quite so free.
Ithaca College researchers and a national athletes' advocacy
group examined financial information provided by NCAA schools to
the federal education department.
They found that the average "full scholarship" Division I
athlete has to pay nearly $3,000 annually in school-related
expenses not covered by grants-in-aid.
The shortfall represents the difference between educational
expenses and costs not covered by scholarships. Those costs range
from campus parking fees to required computer equipment.
NCAA officials call the current scholarship formula
"appropriate for most student-athletes." They note that college
athletes can also obtain federal Pell Grants and other need-based
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)