Should College Athletes Be Paid?

968 Words Apr 11th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the biggest debates in college/college athletics is whether or not to pay student athletes for playing the sports that they do. Student athletes are given scholarships to cover most, or even potentially all, of their tuition and expenses in college, so it is not necessary to pay college athletes additional money. College athletes are not playing professional sports. They are students first, athletes second. College athletes should not be paid. Instead they should be compensated. Student athletes receive a large compensation in the form of athletic scholarships. They receive a free education and the opportunity to represent their school by playing sports. “College athletes don’t have to worry about student loans, paying for textbooks, the cost of on-campus living, and meal plans.” (McCauley). It is true that not all student athletes are on scholarship, but most are. The students who do not play sports don’t receive these benefits, and will most likely come out of school with a large student loan debt on their hands. “According to Institute For College Access & Success, in the state of Pennsylvania 71 percent of students leave a public four-year institution or private nonprofit four-year institution in debt. The average debt is $32,528. That is an enormous burden for kids who may, or may not have a job awaiting them upon graduation,” (McCauley). Therefore, student-athletes already have it easier, financially, than most of the students at their school. Student…

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