The University of Cincinnati starts classes Monday and members of the Bearcats football program will have an extra benefit at their disposal with new NCAA cost of attendance guidelines being put in place.
When cost of attendance was first talked about, many felt it would become a major negative for programs like Cincinnati who is still sitting on the outside of the Power Five football world dominating the talk of college football. However, numbers released this week place Cincinnati at the top spot in the Football Bowl Subdivison.
The Bearcats are ahead of programs in Power Five conferences like Tennessee, UCLA and even Ohio State in this new aid to student athletes. While the estimated overall cost to the university is expected to be around $600,000, each Bearcat student athlete can get up to $6,082 in addition to their standard tuition and books scholarships in the past.
|SCHOOL||CONFERENCE||AVG NEW SCHOLARSHIP COST||EST NEW COST|
|Texas Tech||BIG 12||$4,820||$1,000,000|
Cincinnati sitting at the top of the college football world may not help them recruit a five-star prospect away from the Buckeyes or Crimson Tide, but others looking at the Bearcats could see the COA advantage the Bearcats have as a major selling point giving Tommy Tuberville and his coaching staff a slight advantage.
Add in the renovations to Nipper Stadium and continued talk of the Bearcats joining a Power Five Conference in the near future and Bearcat fans should be excited by what the future might bring.