Having free tuition for college means that more people who cannot afford it now, would end up going. This is a good thing in terms that more people are getting a good education and continuing their educational careers to hopefully obtain good job, but it also decrease the value of a college education. If more people are able to earn degrees, it devalues them. Finding jobs even with their qualifications would be difficult (Should college be free?). This idea would also apply to the students, mainly student-athletes, that work for multiple years to try to perfect their skill and obtain full or half scholarship.
It's all about what you can do for them. Indeed, these scholarships pay for tuition, room and board, and books, but these athletes don't have money for other necessities. These students still live a college life, they go out with their friends, they go to the bars, they buy new clothes, these scholarships do not pay for those items. The argument can be made that the average college student that does not receive a scholarship, also may not the ability to buy these items, so why do the athletes get this special privilege? My main point on that question could be that these average students are not put on display on a daily basis, these athletes or put on television or the radio, and they make the NCAA and their respected schools money every time they pay the game.
Scholarships granted to student athletes cover tuition, fees, room, board and textbooks, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association website. Some athletes receive scholarships that cover only a portion of these expenses, but many of these student athletes still receive more aid than the average ordinary student. Many student athletes have most everything provided for them in college, giving them a clear advantage over their fellow non sport playing students. For non-athlete students, the experiences of an unpaid internship does not come along with a full-ride scholarship unlike playing a sport and competing doing what they love. ”These athletes are receiving a college education in return for their skills in sports" (Horace 1).
They have to worry about paying back all of that money and students who get scholarships don’t have to worry about it. They don’t think that 's enough they think they should get paid for the sport they play as well. Most college athletes would just be happy with a four year career playing a sport and not having to pay for their college education. (3) Some of the athletes think they should get paid for doing something that got them that education. Which I don’t think thats right.
Paying the athletes would distract them from the thought about getting an education because they are more focused on the money aspect. The way the current system is set up, scholarship, allows students access to a free education, tutoring, and many other educational benefits. According to an article in the junior scholastic, Should College Athletes be Paid?, more than 480,000 compete as NCAA athletes, and less than two percent will move on to compete at the professional level. When the other 98% of these college students graduate, they will go into the workforce, needing an education. Providing athletes with bonus cash payments will divert even more funding from academic departments and challenge the primary purpose of attending college, an education.
There could be controversy over the athlete's contract with the amount they are getting paid. Also, the kids that do not play sports might feel they are being treated unfairly because they do not get paid. College athletes get offered a full ride to a big ten college for free: “other kids have to get loans worth tons of money that they will have to pay back for the rest of their lives” (Bagaria and Birkenes). Paying these athletes would cause too many problems that the university doesn’t have time to deal with. College is a place that people decide to go to because they enjoy everything the campus has to offer and to get a degree.
Ellison starts off by saying “once, a degree used to mean a brighter future for college graduates, access to the middle class, and economic stability” (Ellison). This highlighting the hopes that come with going to college and getting that degree, even if you do have student debt, but then he immediately highlights the hardship that comes with the college these days. The author states that “student loan debt increases inequality and makes it harder for low-income graduates” to “to buy a house, open a business, and start a family”(Ellison). The economy is going up by any means and it has no room for a middle class because there is so much debt.College graduates coming out of college are having even more of a hard time supporting themselves after college rather than while in it. Money is the basis of living , even people with lower income degrees could support themselves before the cost of tuition went up drastically.
Every semester, there are an abundant number of students who apply for Pell Grant to assist them with the costs of college. Sometimes, students will not meet the financial criteria because their parent’s income is a bit too high or because of other financial factors that they will not qualify. Thus, it puts a student in a situation where they will take out student loans, that they’ll be paying for many years. Clearly, the result of being someone who has not committed a crime and works to pay for their own education, is the one that pays the ultimate price. Yet, congress wants to financially grant prison inmates a free education, while exemplary citizens are denied.
Since the majority of athletes are not on a full ride or do not have a scholarship they should get some type of aid from the school. These athletes should get paid as if it is their job since they devote the same amount of time towards it as they would a job. The fact that scholarships do not cover all expenses for every athlete is one reason why college athletes should get
National Center for Education Statistics says, “An average student who comes to a new state from another state can expect to pay around $28,400 in tuition, fees, books and supplies for an academic year. Adding in an off-campus apartment and other expenses brings that to around $47,500.”(Should College Athletes Be Paid?) Attending college is a huge financial decision for most of the attending students. Though, if you are an athlete this is not the case, the scholarship you receive from the coach will relieve the stress that is put on other students. College athletes are not receiving a physical paycheck; instead they are receiving a scholarship that is worth much