The great debate rages on: Should college football players—particularly at the Division IA level—be paid for their services on the field every Saturday in the fall?
After all, their "work" generates millions of dollars for institutions. Try to get a hotel room or a restaurant reservation in Baton Rouge, Eugene, Ann Arbor or Austin on a home-game weekend, and you will understand how the trickle-down effect generates even more millions across the country.
No matter how you play with semantics, however, the players are paid for their performances. At least most of them. At this level of college football, most of the players are on full-ride scholarships. I suspect that parents of college-bound students everywhere will tell you that athletes who get full rides are indeed paid.
The amount of the scholarships vary, as does the tuition at different universities. Private schools like USC generally cost more than public schools like the Universities of Texas, Oregon or Michigan.
Let's take a look at some averages. Sources for actual dollar figures came from the individual university websites that I used as examples. All costs are for the 2011 school year.