Mike Cunningham posts the first list of revised COA figures for SEC schools I’ve seen. It looks like this:
Here’s the full list for SEC schools, from highest stipend to lowest (figures from school Web sites unless otherwise noted):
Mississippi State: $5,372
South Carolina: $4,151+
Georgia: $3,746 non-state resident, $3,222 resident
Texas A & M: $3,528 non-state resident, $3,000 resident
Kentucky: $ $3,524 non-state resident, $3,256 resident
Florida: $3,330 res/non-res
+ Data from National Center for Educational Statistics
*Does not include transportation costs
Note how dramatically the spread from top to bottom in the conference has shrunk in just a few short months. As Cunningham puts it,
What’s great about this is the conflict between a school’s educational mission (remember that?) and its athletic interests. Schools want to keep the COA figure low to avoid sticker shock for students who must pay and also for budgetary reasons. Football and basketball coaches want it higher so they can offer bigger stipends to recruits.
I know who I’ve got my money on to eventually win that battle.
Let’s just say I doubt we’ve seen the last of these adjustments.