The answer is no. The article in Higher Ed provides insight into the scholarship gap, or the gap in what an athletic scholarship covers and the actual costs of attending college. The NCAA specifies, under 15.02.5, that a full grant-in-aid is financial aid that consists of tuition and fees, room and board, and required course-related books. However, colleges themselves provide a COA (Cost of Attendance) for prospective students that is a higher number, sometimes much higher depending on where a student is from, estimating the real costs of attending college (transportation, living expenses, etc.). Subsequently, a college-bound student athlete who accepts a full athletic scholarship to a school within his or her home state may have a substantially lower COA than a student who accepts an athletic scholarship to a college or university across the country.
Now, as much as ever, students must have a college plan that will assist them in paying the huge cost of college tuition. Earning a scholarship, getting admitted into a highly selective college that offers needs-based financial aid can make all of the difference. However, the students who will find it most difficult to afford college are also the students who are among the least likely students to have the appropriate plan.
- College tuition at both 2-year and 4-year colleges is outpacing family income
- Students’ financial-aid packages are not keeping pace with tuition costs
- 44 percent of low-income students attend community college while only 15 percent of high-income students do
- Community Colleges account for approximately 40 percent of all postsecondary enrollment
- Graduation rates at community colleges are among the lowest
The most likely students to attend community college are:
- Students from low-income families
- First in their family to attend college
- From underrepresented racial or ethnic group
- 38 percent of students whose parents did not graduate from college attend community college while only 20 percent of students whose parents graduated from college attend community college
- 50 percent of Hispanic students; 31 percent of Black students; and 28 percent of White students attend community college
- In Arizona, California, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Texas, over 50 percent of Black and Hispanic students attend community college
- None of these states graduate as many as half of its community college students
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