NCPA Alleges Student Athlete Abuse


Students who are attending college and a full athletic scholarship are being taken advantage of, at least that is the assertion being made by the National College Players Association (NCPA), formerly known as the Collegiate Athletes Coalition (CAC). The NCPA released a study recently surveying athletic scholarships at Division I schools which has uncovered some serious funding problems.

Allegedly, schools have been deceiving recruits, many of whom are under the age of 18 and from disadvantaged backgrounds, into unwittingly being responsible for paying thousands of dollars while on “full” athletic scholarship. These scholarships are presented to potential students as covering all college costs but according to the NCPA they do not.

No Free Ride When It Comes To College

baseball“The fact is, coaches fill high school recruits’ heads with promises of free rides and full scholarships, when in fact no such things exist. The NCAA designs full scholarships to fall short of the advertised price tag of a school, leaving recruits scrambling to make ends meet,” stated United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard.

The NCPA says that NCAA rules forbid universities from providing athletic scholarships that are equivalent to the full cost of attendance. What that means is that a full scholarship athlete is expected to cover out of pocket for expenses that are not included in a full scholarship.

“It’s deceptive to call it a ‘full’ athletics scholarship when it doesn’t fully pay for a university’s estimated price tag. These same universities offer ‘full’ academic scholarships that do cover the price tag of a school. This appears to be a deliberate attempt at misleading young high school student-athletes, their parents, and current college athletes,” stated NCPA President Ramogi Huma.

What The Date Reveals

With the help of Ellen J. Staurowsky, a professor of sport management and graduate chair of the department at Ithaca College in New York, the data revealed that NCAA scholarship limitations can leave a full scholarship athlete with expenses ranging from $200 to more than $6,000 per year. In certain circumstances, that could result in a “full” scholarship athlete to pay up to $30,000 over the course of five years, a prohibitive expense for financially challenged families.

“Every college athlete, recruit and parent should go to the NCPA web site and look closely at these shortfall numbers. Otherwise, they will find that their ‘full’ scholarship is leaving them buried in unexpected expenses,” said Huma.

A Voice For Student Athletes

As a voice for college student athletes, the NCPA has been behind a number of reforms including establishing a $10 million fund to assist former athletes who wish to complete their undergraduate degree or attend a graduate program, improvement in health care and death benefit coverage, safety guidelines and more.

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Adv. — If you have already found the college you want to attend, get prepared to apply to that school in November. Otherwise do an online college search to find the schools of interest to you and print out a Summary Aid Map to help you plan your financial aid strategy.


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