Hidden figures: College students may be paying thousands in athletic fees and not know it

Hidden figures: College students may be paying thousands in athletic fees and not know it
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[Ed. – Not to worry. When Pres. Reagan — we mean Sanders — gets his hands on American academia, colleges will be paying students to attend (as long as they’re in the country illegally).]

James Madison’s students are far from alone among American college students in funding top-tier college sports programs — often unknowingly.

An NBC News investigation found that students like Waltemyer are paying a rising cost — sometimes thousands of dollars each year — in fees that don’t always appear on their tuition bills.

Students may not even see the fee on their tuition bill, and would need to visit the university website or, at some institutions, even file a public records request to find out how much they are being charged to support college athletics. And student fees have soared in the past decade, rising even faster than the overall cost of a public university education. Schools in Division 1, the top level of college sports, collected $1.2 billion in fiscal 2018, according to NCAA figures, 51 percent more than a decade ago. …

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