Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

Stipends granted to student-athletes at Penn State could reach $4,788 per school year, according to David Jones of PennLive.com.

In the wake of an NCAA decision to grant the athletic departments at Power 5 conference schools limited autonomy, those conferences, including Penn State and the Big Ten, elected to move forward with a plan to give stipends to student-athletes with scholarships to cover daily living costs.

"The definition of a full [athletic] grant has excluded that category," said Chad Hawley, the Big Ten association commissioner for compliance. "So, the rub was: Well, you say its a full scholarship. That's a misnomer because you're not providing what it actually costs for me to be a student."

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According to data from the 2014-2015 school year complied by CollegeData.com, Penn State is the the highest in the Big Ten with a miscellaneous expenses figure of $4,788.

If, Jones writes, that figure stays the same next academic year, student-athletes who receive full grants in aid could receive that amount of money for the nine-month period during which school is in session.

The expenses amount varies by school. Within the Big Ten, Ohio State is eighth at $2,454, while Michigan's is twelfth, at $2,054. Michigan State ranked last, with $1,872 of tuition costs designed for expenses.

Penn State football coach James Franklin has made it clear that the expenses stipend would factor into the school's recruiting.

According to Hawley, the Big Ten doesn't currently have plans to even out imbalances in stipend figures that exist between schools.

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"I don't foresee us getting to a point where we're standardizing [the stipend] figure from one school to the next," Hawley said. When asked by Jones if the money amounts could be leverage in recruiting efforts, Hawley said they could be "[if] that's what [a recruit] is basing a decision on."

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