College athletes should be paid! College athletes are often considered to be some of the luckiest students in the world. Most of them receiving all inclusive scholarships that cover all the costs of their education. They are also in a position to make a reputation for themselves in the sporting world preparing them for the next step. The ongoing debate whether student athletes should be paid has been going on for years. These athletes bring in millions of dollars for their respective schools and receive zero in return. Many will argue that they do receive payment, but in reality it is just not true. Costs associated with getting a college education will be discussed, information pertaining to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and benefits student athletes receive. First, I’ll start with costs associated with college and most of all why student athletes should be paid!
Graduating from high school is a proud moment in every student’s life. They must prepare what comes next for them whether it’s to get a job, start a career, or pursue continuing education. The cost for a college education can be overwhelming. There are many factors that play into the cost of going to secondary education. College tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses, room and board. These expenses can vary for public community colleges and four year universities, public or private universities, and state residents or out of state residents. Community college tuition can range from $1,000-$12,000 for state residents and $4,000-$30,000 for non-residents. Four year college tuition can range from $4,000-$16,000 for state residents and $10,000-$35,000 for non-residents. Private four year institutions can cost as much as $25,000-$45,000 or higher.
Additional costs for students can vary depending on lifestyle choices, personal decision making, and of course transportation costs associated for visits back home (College, 1). Some things to take into consideration can be student loans, federal/state grants, or scholarships. These can help and off set many challenges associated with going to college. As one can see the costs associated with college are extremely high. This can cause many stressors on students and the student athlete another reason why college athletes should be paid! How does the student athlete factor into college athletes being paid. This is where the National Collegiate Athletic Association comes in to play.
The NCAA is a non-profit association of 1,281 institutions that organizes athletic programs of many college and universities in the United States. Division I, Division II, and Division III were established in 1973 (National, 1). Only Division I and Division II can offer athletic scholarships. Division I schools consist of your bigger universities and generally the will be the schools you watch during prime time sporting events. Some of these universities include Alabama, Louisville, Duke, and UNC Chapel Hill. The NCAA...