Ramogi Huma, President of the National College Players Association (formerly Collegiate Athletes Coalition), has been pounding the pavement to improve student-athletes’ rights. One of the primary matters of concern for Mr. Huma and the National College Players Association (“NCPA”) has been to increase the awareness of athletics-based scholarships and the perceived shortfall between full grant-in-aid and cost of attendance. NCPA played a contributing role, along with help from the United Steelworkers, in White v. NCAA and the Student-Athletes’ Right to Know Act that was recently signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in California.
NCPA recently partnered with Ithaca College’s Department of Sport Management and Media to conduct a study titled An Examination of Financial Shortfall for Athletes on Full Scholarship at NCAA Division I Institutions. The study examined the gap (or shortfall as termed by the study) between the cost of attendance at each NCAA Division I institution and the amount covered by full grant-in-aid. In performing the study, the researchers accessed the cost of attendance at each of the 336 NCAA Division I institutions and ultimately ranked each institution based on the additional amounts a student-athlete would have to pay to attend an institution. The study determined the average gap (or shortfall) for all 336 NCAA Division I institutions is $2,763.00 per year with some student-athletes experiencing a gap of approximately $30,000.00 over a 5 year period.
The NCPA Web site provides a tool where anyone can put in the name of an institution and the Web site will provide a ranking of how the institution compares to other institutions and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses for any given institution. To see how institutions compare click on this link.
 The NCAA defines full grant-in-aid as “financial aid that consists of tuition and fees, room and board, and required course-related books.”
 The NCAA defines cost of attendance as “an amount calculated by an institutional financial aid office, using federal regulations, that includes the total cost of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and other expenses related to attendance at the institution.”