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Schools Spend Way More on Athletes Than Students

Six times more at Division I colleges
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 1:50 PM CST

(Newser) – Sorry brainiacs, but if you go to a Division I public school, you can expect your institution to spend more—much more—on athletes than on education. A new analysis picked up by USA Today lays out some key stats:

  • At 97 schools that compete in top-tier football, per-athlete spending rose 51% to $92,000 from 2005 to 2010, while spending on academics increased 23% to just under $14,000 per student.
  • Per-athlete spending topped $100,000 in 2010 at schools in the six highest-profile football conferences.
(Read more division 1 stories.)

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