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Andy Gonzalez

English 1102
Sarah Hughes
College Bonus Money?
I personally am a huge videogame fanatic. Sometimes I wonder how life would be if I
could use my gaming skills to attend college free of cost and get some extra money from it as
well. How would seeing this happen make you feel? According to an article written by Lucie
Lapovsky on April 3rd, 2014 in Forbes magazine Last year, 57% of students, the highest
percent on record, chose not to attend their first choice school. Among those not attending their
first choice college, 62% said they could not afford to attend it and 25% said their first choice
school did not provide them with any financial aid. How is it that colleges do not have enough
money to financially assist students who want to attend the school for academic purposes but,
when it comes to paying college athletes for playing sports they do? This in addition to the full
ride scholarship these athletes are given by the institutions. It is for these and many other reasons
that student-athletes should not get paid to play sports at a collegiate level.
Many argue that college athletes should be getting paid a base salary for playing the sport
they love because they spend most of their time practicing and do not have time to get at least
a part-time job. I understand most of us like money especially at that ambitious age when we get
to college and cannot seem to get decent amount of money in our savings account, but college
athletes do not have the same worries other tuition-paying students have. The national average

cost of attending a four-year public college is over $28,000 per year, and the average cost of
attending a four-year private college is now over $59,000 (Onink 1). College athletes, unlike
average college students, already have everything paid for, a full ride athletic based scholarship
means a student-athlete does not have to worry about paying for tuition, housing, meal plans, and
in some cases transportation.
By the time we are in college, we are almost completely independent from our parents. I
say almost completely because in most cases our parents are the ones who pay for our college
expenses. Today, the remainder of college payments come from student borrowing (18%), parent
borrowing (9%), student income and savings (11%), and relatives and friends (5%) (Adams).
While college athletes do not have time to get a part-time job, their parents on the other hand do
not have to worry about having to pay for expensive tuition fees, books, or room, and board. This
means parents will have some money left over from their paycheck; that of which they can send
to their son or daughter so they have at least some money to spend and account for their lack of a
job. I personally am going through a similar situation, as a full time college student with other
responsibilities that prevent me from getting a job I find that 3oo dollars a month is more than
enough free spending power. With this money I manage to pay for my car insurance, phone bill,
gasoline and still have some money left to spend on other things. I realize I do not end up having
a lot of money left over but I understand that I am in college and financial stress is a big part of
actually attending college.
According to Institute For College Access & Success, in the state of Pennsylvania 71
percent of students leave a public four-year institution or private nonprofit four-year institution in
debt. The average debt is $32,528. As stated by Kieran McCauley in an article he wrote for the
sports section of daily local news titled, College Athletes Shouldnt be Paid. The fact of the

matter is most college students are stressed out by all the debt they are left with by the time they
graduate. Although some argue that college athletes feel stressed about not having money to pay
for recreational activities due to the lack of time to maintain a job; they otherwise do not have to
deal with the stress of having to pay off student loans after the leave college.
According to an article written by Cork Gaines on October 9th, 2015 for Business Insider
titled, Charts show the simple reason why college athletes should be paid;In 2014, the ten
schools that made the most money in college sports averaged $144.8 million in athletics
revenue... Although many argue that the money used to pay college athletes will come from the
money made by the institution through the sport, tuition is sure to go up to help maintain and
keep athletic programs running smoothly. In the end the expenses in some part will end up
falling upon the rest of the student population. This seems a bit unfair if you ask me. I cannot
imagine having to pay more money out of my pocket to support another student who does not
have all the expenses I do. By expenses I mean tuition, room and board, transportation, etc., all
expenses having to do with being a college student.
College athletes should not get paid to play the sports they love at a collegiate level. A
solution to all the dilemma and controversy that comes along when talking about this topic could
be to actually pay the student-athletes but, revoke all the scholarships previously awarded to
them by their corresponding institution. This means student-athletes would be paying for college
with the money they get for playing college sports, not pay for their college expenses and in
addition give them a bonus for doing what they love and should be otherwise doing for free. In
the end I am sure all parties will come to a consensus and decide what is best for normal
students, athletes, and all the athletic programs.

Works Cited
Adams, Susan. "Parents Are Paying Less For College, Says New Study." Forbes. Forbes Magazine.
Web. 05 Apr. 2016.
Cork Gaines. "Chart Shows the Simple Reason Why College Athletes Should Be Paid." Business
Insider. Tech Insider, 09 Oct. 2015. Web. 01 Oct. 2016.
Kieran McCauley. "College Athletes Shouldnt Be Paid." Daily Local News Sports. Daily Local
News, 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 01 Mar. 2016..
Lucie Lapovsky. "Many Students Can't Afford Their First Choice College." Forbes. Forbes
Magazine, 03 Apr. 2014. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.
Onink, Troy. "College Costs Could Total As Much As $334,000 In Four Years."Forbes. Forbes
Magazine, 05 Apr. 2106. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.