Should student athletes get paid? This question has long been debated for quite some time in various institutions and organizations. With the upcoming focus on the NCAA, especially in our own division of the Big East, the question on how players should be compensated is brought up. It is no secret that student athletes are compensated in various ways, whether it is through scholarships or complimentary housing, but questions of paying the student athletes a surplus in addition to tuition costs has been raised. This idea seems appealing to private universities with generous funding because it allows them to attract the top players to their school. I believe that student athletes should not be paid any additional money than that which covers their tuition costs. Student Athletes receive scholarships and additional grants once they participate in collegiate sports. These scholarships allow for students to continue and pursue their education while honing their skills at their particular sport. Their free education which if they complete, awards them a diploma that provides income serving as the biggest compensation in itself. An average student athlete in St. John’s receives over $30,000 in scholarship aid and will continue to earn more once they have graduated. The total amount allotted by student athletes to compete for their schools over the course of four years is valued around $100,000. Many agree this is a reasonable rate for the student athletes. Paying student athletes additional money also results in a worse reputation of the institution itself. If a university funds more of the student athletes’ pay, they are perceived as a business rather than an educational institute. Complaints from other students are voiced on campus as they appeal to have the school funds on more practical projects for education. Many schools profit from the games and the tournaments played so the appeal for a well known athlete is...
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