Date of Publication

Spring 5-1-2014

Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Dr. Dane-Staples


This research examined the financial gap between athletic scholarships and athlete expenditures. The literature shows that several parties feel athletes are being undercompensated for their efforts at their institutions. Therefore, this research was conducted to determine how much money athletes are actually missing out on. The population was DI football players receiving a full ride scholarship at SEC and ACC institutions. Data was collected from the College Board and the US Census Bureau to determine institution financial statistics and athlete expenditures respectively. Results showed a significant financial gap exists for all schools and that there is no significant difference of the financial gaps between conferences. This shows that athletes have to come up with thousands of dollars to get by while attending school.