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What tuition doesn't cover

The Philadelphia Inquirer has an editorial today about the shortfall between athletic scholarships and total costs for student athletes at top-level academic institutions. It's in reference to a new study on the topic. Even with a scholarship covering tuition, fees, room, board, and books, a Division I student-athlete can expect nearly $3,000 a year in other school-related expenses, says the study by Ithaca College professor Ellen J. Staurowsky and the National College Players Association. Out-of-pocket expenses can include parking, software, medical care, and more. Depending on the school, the estimated uncovered expenses for last year ranged from $200 to almost $11,000. The study found a gap of $1,500 a year at Villanova, $2,345 at Rutgers, $3,924 at Penn State, and $4,436 at Temple. That total ranks sixth in the Big East conference, with only West Virginia and Syracuse having smaller gaps. This is important when you think of recent medical emergencies like Eric LeGrand's paralysis, or Missssippi State's Nick Bell quickly succumbing to cancer. There was a great NYT piece about insuring student athletes last year that everybody should read.

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