Budget & Finance

Report: NCAA Pay-for-Play Would Cost $200M Annually

By Bryan Toporek — August 30, 2011 1 min read

Momentum continues to build for giving collegiate student-athletes extra compensation, but there’s one piece of the puzzle that’s largely yet to be defined: How much would a pay-for-play program end up costing colleges and universities?

Thanks to Business Insider, we may have an answer. And it has come up with an all-inclusive solution that could subvert any potential recruiting advantages for large schools with booming athletic budgets.

If NCAA Division I student-athletes were reclassified as employees of their universities, thus being made eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program, the total cost of a pay-for-play program for

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.