ERIC Number: ED285489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May-11
Reference Count: N/A
Student Aid. Financial Assistance to Scholarship Athletes. Briefing Report to the Honorable Byron L. Dorgan, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
A review of college athletes receiving federal financial aid in addition to athletic scholarships was conducted by the U.S. General Accounting Office. Information on admission procedures, financial aid awards, and evidence that students maintain academic progress was obtained from Michigan State University. In addition, interviews were conducted with officials from 22 other universities to determine the number of scholarship athletes in football and basketball receiving federal financial aid and the dollar amounts awarded. The amount of federal aid to scholarship athletes appeared to be small. Of 2,350 scholarship athletes in football and basketball attending the 23 universities during 1984-1985, 456 received Pell Grants totaling $493,649, an average of $1,083. None of the athletes received Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, National Direct Student Loans, or College Work-Study funds. In 1986, the National Collegiate Athletic Association began requiring athletes to meet higher admission and academic requirements, such as minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test scores of 700 to be admitted and grade point averages of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) by the beginning of the fourth school year, in order to be eligible to participate in intercollegiate sports. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Athletes, College Admission, College Athletics, Eligibility, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Scholarships, School Surveys, Student Financial Aid
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies free; additional copies $2.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.