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Study: 'Free ride' still costs athletes

Updated: October 26, 2010, 1:08 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A new study suggests that the so-called "free ride" for college scholarship athletes isn't quite so free.

The report by Ithaca College researchers and a national athletes' advocacy group shows that the average "full scholarship" Division I athlete winds up having to pay $2,951 annually in school-related expenses not covered by grants-in-aid.

The shortfall represents the difference between educational expenses such as tuition, student fees, room and board and ancillary ...

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