Home » Extra Extra » College athletic scholarships often shortchange expectation Extra Extra College athletic scholarships often shortchange expectation By Extra Extra | 03.12.2008 The New York Times' reporter Bill Pennington and data analyst Griffin Palmer uncovers the discrepancy between the expectations of families and the reality of college athletic scholarships. Analysis of previously undisclosed National Collegiate Athletic Association data showed that scholarships are rarely as lucrative as parents and student athletes assume. "Excluding the glamour sports of football and basketball, the average N.C.A.A. athletic scholarship is nowhere near a full ride, amounting to $8,707. In sports like baseball or track and field, the number is routinely as low as $2,000...Tuition and room and board for N.C.A.A. institutions often cost between $20,000 and $50,000 a year."