How much fielding sports teams raises the cost for all college students

Ten Ohio public universities subsidized their sports programs with a total of $ 164 million, about half of it through use of tuition fees, cleveland.com found when reviewing school records submitted to the NCAA for the 2014-15 school year.

Only Ohio State, with funding from donors, its Big Ten bands, and large crowds, is able to hit the sports budget without tapping into general university resources.

Exercise departments at each of the other 10 Ohio Division I public universities operate with grants from non-athletic university sources.

For the six Mid-American Conference schools in Ohio, college sports, on average, add about $ 920 per year to the cost of education for each student on campus.

For the three Ohio schools in the Horizon League – Cleveland State, Youngstown State, and Wright State – the average cost to students is just under $ 750 per year.

Sports administrations and university directors have always supported sports investments on the grounds that university sports improve student life, offer learning opportunities outside of the classroom and serve as marketing for schools.

Critics say so much money shouldn’t be used for non-academic purposes.

Cleveland.com publishes the numbers to add information to the discussion.

The following slides rank the schools based on the average on-campus funding for the sports program, either through tuition fees or other university dues.

This is the fourth part in a series. Previous issues ranked schools by athletic budget, listed 50 head coaching jobs in Ohio that pay at least $ 200,000 per year, and listed the number of scholarships for students and athletes in a variety of sports.

How Much Ohio Schools Spend Subsidizing Their Uncollegiate Exercise Programs?

From Rich Exner

March 30, 2016

Click through the slides below to learn how much of the sports budget at each Ohio public university is paid for with tuition and other grants from non-athletic university sources. In some cases, sports subsidies add more than $ 1,000 a year to college students’ costs. Part 4 of this week’s series about money in university sports.

(Courtesy photo of Miami University)

# 11 – Ohio State University – $ 0 per student

Ohio State is the only public university in Ohio that pays its entire sports budget without grants from students, with its huge 100,000-seat soccer stadium and the Big Ten’s big TV dollars. OSU spent $ 154 million in 2014-15 to set up 35 teams.

# 10 – Wright State University – $ 597 per student

Wright State University’s sports grants came from $ 8.4 million in direct support from non-athletic sources at the university, according to the 2014-15 NCAA filing. That was 72 percent of the $ 11.7 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 597 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 15,755 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

No. 9 – Cleveland State University – $ 673 per student

Cleveland State University’s $ 9.7 million sports grant came almost entirely from tuition, according to the school’s 2014-15 application to the NCAA. That was 82 percent of the $ 11.8 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 673 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 14,340 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

# 8 – Ohio University – $ 718 per student

Ohio University’s sports grant came largely from $ 14.4 million in tuition fees, as the school submitted to the NCAA for 2014-15. A smaller amount was classified as institutional support. The total grant of $ 18.8 million represented 69 percent of the $ 27.1 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 718 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 26,213 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

# 7 – Kent State University – $ 755 per student

Kent State University’s sports grants totaled $ 14.4 million in tuition and $ 4.8 million in other institutional support from the university, according to the school’s application to the NCAA for 2014-15. That total $ 19.2 million grant represented 73 percent of the $ 19.2 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 755 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 25,426 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

# 6 – University of Cincinnati – $ 779 per student

The University of Cincinnati reported direct institutional support of $ 21.7 million from non-athletic sources to the sports program in 2014-15. That was 45 percent of the $ 51.7 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 779 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 29,760 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

# 5 – University of Toledo – $ 810 per student

The University of Toledo’s sports grant came from $ 10.5 million in tuition fees and $ 4.8 million from other institutional support from the university, according to the school’s application to the NCAA for 2014-15. That total $ 15.3 million grant accounted for 51 percent of the $ 29.9 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 810 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 18,840 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

# 4 – Bowling Green State University – $ 819 per student

Bowling Green State University’s sports grant came almost entirely from $ 12.6 million in tuition, according to the school’s 2014-15 application to the NCAA. The total grant of $ 12.9 million represented 59 percent of the $ 21.8 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 819 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 15,755 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

# 3 – Youngstown State University – $ 960 per student

Youngstown State University’s athletic subsidies came entirely from direct institutional support from non-athletic sources at the school, according to the school’s 2014-15 application to the NCAA. The $ 10.7 million grant accounted for 72 percent of the $ 14.9 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 960 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 11,184 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

# 2 – Akron University – $ 1,070 per student

According to Akron’s 2014-15 submission to the NCAA, Akron University’s sports grant came from direct institutional support of $ 22.1 million from non-athletic sources at the school. That total grant represented 65 percent of the $ 19.2 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 1,070 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 20,677 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

# 1 – Miami University – $ 1,345 per student

Miami University’s sports grant came largely from $ 16.1 million in tuition, according to the school’s 2014-15 application to the NCAA. The school also donated nearly $ 7.8 million from non-athletic sources to the sports program. The total grant of $ 23.9 million represented 73 percent of the $ 32.8 million spent on exercise that school year.

Cleveland.com calculated the cost per student at $ 1,345 based on campus enrollment reported by the Ohio Board of Regents of 17,733 full-time students in the fall of 2014.

Previous Part 3: Scholarship Options After Exercising in Ohio

31 sports with $ 77.7 million in Ohio university scholarships; Find out which sports offer the most

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50 head coaching jobs at college in Ohio that pay $ 200,000 or more

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