interesting notes from the USAToday article linked at the beginning (bold mine):
The key, Hostetter said, is that each school must determine athletes' cost of attendance under the same policies it uses to determine the cost of attendance for all its students. That has raised concerns in the higher-education world about pressure that could be brought to bear on schools' financial aid officers, who also have the authority under U.S. Department of Education guidelines to use what is termed "professional judgment" to adjust students' cost of attendance on a case-by-case basis, although such variances must be documented.
The autonomy schools and athlete representatives on Saturday voted against a proposal from the SEC that would have required schools to regularly file a report to the NCAA about any unusual expenses they may be covering for any athlete.
I know this is an athletics site but I'm curious, what else are these COA numbers used for by the university? Financial aid was mentioned, does it go directly into FAFSA or is it used more as a guideline? I wonder how inflating these numbers for athletes will end up affecting the rest of the general student body. Depending on what the numbers are used for, that could end up backfiring.
Also, there is really zero oversight to how these numbers are calculated?? I'm kinda surprised that even before they went into athletic scholarships there were no in place standards for COA.