Thousands of athletes around the world want to get paid for their contributions to their sports programs. College athletes bring in millions of dollars to their institutions, and they feel should be paid for their numerous contributions. Paying these athletes would help keep them from dropping out due to financial hardship or lack of time for practice or classes due to jobs, and exponentially decrease their rate of expulsion. First, student athletes should be paid because it would prevent them from exploitation to desperate, illegal activities such as, selling drugs, and the selling of college property in the form of their jerseys . It could potentially bring down the drop out rate in job-owning players drastically by giving players more time to study and train. In addition to decreasing the drop out rate, it could potentially bring players up several letter grades and broaden their horizons to even further education. But, some might ask, “Is money such a big problem for these students? Don’t they receive scholarships? How much more money do they need?” The harsh truth is that ‘full’ scholarships rarely cover the entirety of tuition and cost of living. These student-athletes are still able to get loans, just like the majority of students anywhere have had to. Still, an unfortunate few of these students do not qualify for such loans, so there is still a gap between the money they receive for scholarship and the total cost of attendance. Although the 14 schools in the BIG 10 conference some of those schools get some money from a multibillion dollar tv deal, the financial aid department at the schools are giving some money to kids with scholarships. (video source). It’s still a huge issue on weather an athlete should be compensated for more than just a scholarship, Josh Witman, the athletic director at Illinois said this about it, ” Most student athletes should feel good about the scholarship they are receiving, I think there are few student athletes in any major athletic program like the starting five on a basketball team, or like the quarterback on a football team that might be able to make a straight faced argument that they are creating more value than they are receiving, but you also have hundreds of students that can’t say that, so i’m very hesitant to go and scrap a whole system that’s providing education for hundreds of student athletes all because there’s a small handful who might not be receiving a value that’s commensurate to the value there giving the university.”(video source) Coupled with the fact that football and basketball players help generate so much revenue, has resulted in some intercollegiate teams providing their athletes with compensation, which is in direct violation of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) bylaws. Granite, the students should be required maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average for a continuous income and place on the team. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) admits that the amount provided in an athletic scholarship is rarely enough to provide for many things a typical college student needs. (Page 1, Ref 1) Unfortunately, a full scholarship doesn’t always cover rent, toiletries, utilities, groceries, car insurance, health insurance, and other expenses costs of living. Self-supported and partially-supported students often juggle multiple jobs to keep themselves afloat, on top of hours of studying and attending class, long mornings and evenings of practice, a social life, and eight hours of sleep. Not all failing students are bad students, and often they just find themselves with too little time to study and too little energy for homework. Imagine playing a league sport, an activity consuming your mornings and evenings with practice, your weekends with games, and your free-time with keeping in shape, on top of the regular challenges of graduating college. The graduation rate for Division 1 Football players hovers around fifty percent while men’s basketball players graduation rate is around forty percent. Alternative to paying the players for their services, the NCAA could improve these numbers by perhaps granting players a realistic amount of money in their scholarships to pay for the things these athletes can’t afford. Another reason for this jarringly low graduation rate is because of the high injury rate in players. If a player is injured past the point of being able to play, the school can suspend their scholarship, or even terminate it. Student athletes put their lives on the line when they compete. Football is known for its concussions and broken bones and basketball is full permanent ligament and muscle tears. People have lost lives in both sports from blunt force trauma to the head and chest. All is done in the pursuit of higher education and the success of their universities athletic program. It is not right for the schools to be able to get rid of a scholarship just because a player can no longer perform. One of the main reasons that colleges don’t pay their athletes despite the many benefits they reap from them is because its not there primary function of the institution. The primary goal colleges have is to educate the future generations to come. There are certain problems with the current NCAA which can and should be concurred. The gap between a full scholarship and the cost for attendance should be covered by academic institution especially when a student doesn’t qualify for a loan. They may be providing only one-ply toilet paper in their bathrooms, but trust that colleges make millions of dollars yearly. But this underlines the exploitation student athletes go through in major football and men’s basketball programs. These teams are disproportionately black, many from poor and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. For too many of them, the NCAA is the only game in town and their only feasible option. In some dispiriting cases, the students are so unprepared and unsupplied for their classes that academic failure seems almost inevitable. In worse cases still, their scholarships are cynically undermined by the schools themselves. Coaches steer students into empty classes (what one recent report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill characterized as a “shadow curriculum”) or supply so called academic support that amounts to cheating. It hardly seems coincidental, then, that sports with less African-American participation, such as baseball and hockey, maintain robust minor league systems without the national gnashing of teeth. In closing, college athletes should be paid for the many contributions and advantages they provide to their respective institutions every time they play a game and provide their services and skills. It takes years of training and hardship to obtain a spot on a college level team, and just as musicians and barbers and painters are paid for their services and work, so should college athletes. Fair compensation for their hours of work is obviously needed, but the benefits that come with being paid, such as higher grades, increased study and training time, more sleep, decreased drop-out rates are tremendous. More students could be financially secure enough after graduating college to move on to even higher education. It is unjust for these players to go unpaid for their services.