These funds for fiscal year 2006 totaled $1.375 million, providing more than 2,400 students the opportunity to further their education. In addition, the athletics department spent $6.48 million for scholarships for 348 student-athletes in the 2005-06 academic year.
Along with its contributions for scholarships, the athletics department also contributed to improving overall campus life in other ways including:
- $9.1 million for facilities, utility costs and maintenance expenses;
- $760,000 in travel expenses and $75,000 in scholarships for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band;
- $1.125 million in annual debt service on a number of university parking garages; and
- More than $11.99 million dollars in athletics benefits for university employees and students through free or reduced rate tickets to sporting events, licensing revenue, player of the game scholarships and alumni association tickets.