William & Mary cuts seven of its 23 varsity sports in order to fix athletic department deficits of more than $3 million annually.
I didn't realize students have to pay a fee specific to collegiate sports, and that is a lot of money! I would maybe pay a few hundred, but not $8,000! I disagree with the statement that collegiate sport is only for a privileged few who can play though, at least in my family's experience. College sports have given us so much as students while attending and all these years after graduation. My husband went to a big sports school, and I a really big baseball school. The kids in the family grow up rooting for the same team. It is so much fun! There is instant camaraderie with fellow fans and it is always a great party topic with friends, family, neighbors, even strangers. It is a part of our social life, and almost family reunions of sort at bowl games. I get it we have pro sports, but for our family, it is college sports all the way.I have ties to W&M and am sad to see the gymnastics teams go, but on the other hand W&M undergraduates pay nearly $2,000 per year in intercollegiate athletic fees, the fifth highest assessment in the nation. It doesn’t seem right for some students to be taking out an extra $8,000 in loans over the course of four years so that other students can have the privilege of playing sports. Students with other talents and interests have to pay their own way—for example, W&M charges an applied music fee on top of tuition for music lessons that are part of the actual curriculum.
NBC News found that college students are paying a rising cost, sometimes thousands of dollars, to support athletic programs — fees that don't always appear on their tuition bills.www.nbcnews.com