Student journalists at Kent State University went after something they wouldn't have to if universities were more transparent in their billing, a breakdown of student fee charges.
Why aren't universities providing line-item charges so students and parents can see where the money is going?
Of the MAC-conference schools interviewed (and willing to respond), listen to the recorded conversations in regards to student fees and athletics.
The following information displays the breakdown of MAC-conference athletic budgets in terms of student fees.
|University||Total Athletic Budget||$ Athletic Budget from Fees||% of Athletic Budget from Fees|
|Miami of OH||$21,818,413||$14,647,373||67%|
The following information displays the breakdown of MAC-conference student fees and the percentage paid to athletics.
|University||Total Fees||Athletic Fees||Athletic Fees
|% of Fees paid to Athletics|
|Miami of OH||$789||$454||$41.24||57%|
|E. Michigan||$20/credit||7-12% of $20/credit||$1.40-$2.40||7-12%|
Of the MAC-conference schools interviewed (and willing to respond), only the University at Buffalo displays athletic fees as a line-item on tuition bills.
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Of the MAC-conference schools interviewed (and willing to respond), 50% of schools require online students to pay the same fees as on-campus students.
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Mid-American Conference university students across Ohio are paying millions of dollars to fund athletics, and chances are they're not aware of it because there's no indication of those charges on the student bill ..
Out of the thirteen Mid-American Conference schools that have a football program, not a single one actually turns a profit ..
Imagine going to dinner at a nice steakhouse with a group of friends and when it comes time to pay your $531 bill, you are handed a receipt with only a single number on it; the total you owe ..
At Kent State University student bills do not provide
line-item breakdowns of fees charged ..
Academic students enrolled in a MAC (Mid-American Conference) university help fund the Athletic Department, but are not aware of it because the schools don't provide this information on the students' bill.
There are 13 schools in the Mid-American Conference. Six MAC schools have athletic department budgets that are over 50% students' fees ..
Students and parents across Ohio are unknowingly paying millions of dollars to their college athletic departments ..
Mid-American Conference (MAC) students are paying to fund university athletic departments, but many students probably don't know that because there is no indication of that charge on the student's bill-some aren't even aware of it ..
Academic students in the MAC (Mid-American Conference) are paying millions of dollars to their athletic departments, but many probably aren't aware of that because in most cases, there's no indication of that charge on the student's bill ..
When people go eat at a restaurant, the waiter brings an itemized bill, which lists everything purchased ..