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On 6/11/2022 at 12:38 PM, AU9377 said:

You are correct.  That should be changed.  As many disadvantages as there are that we cannot do much about, that is one we could do something about immediately.  Ms State, Ole Miss, uga, TN and others do waive those fees. 

Can’t be changed unless it’s at the state legislative level. Since Auburn is a state school, nothing can be done for athletes (or any one particular segment of the student body) without being offered to anyone. And with Auburn’s high OOS enrollment rate, there’s zero incentive to make it easier or cheaper for OOS students to come here, even though it would significantly benefit the baseball team. Alabama is in the same boat. The state of Mississippi did it back around 2009-2010 because their enrollment was struggling a bit. They needed to increase enrollment so they passed legislation to allow OOS students in bordering states to have their OOS tuition waived and only have to pay in-state tuition. That’s why we’ve seen an influx of Alabama kids going to Miss St and Ole Miss in the last decade. It’s cheaper for them there than here. Plus, the academic money is supposedly a little easier to obtain. Combine a cheaper overall tuition, a little easier path to academic money for some, and part of the 11.7, and you can get a much cheaper cost of attendance at Miss St than Auburn right now. 

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10 hours ago, boomstick said:

Can’t be changed unless it’s at the state legislative level. Since Auburn is a state school, nothing can be done for athletes (or any one particular segment of the student body) without being offered to anyone. And with Auburn’s high OOS enrollment rate, there’s zero incentive to make it easier or cheaper for OOS students to come here, even though it would significantly benefit the baseball team. Alabama is in the same boat. The state of Mississippi did it back around 2009-2010 because their enrollment was struggling a bit. They needed to increase enrollment so they passed legislation to allow OOS students in bordering states to have their OOS tuition waived and only have to pay in-state tuition. That’s why we’ve seen an influx of Alabama kids going to Miss St and Ole Miss in the last decade. It’s cheaper for them there than here. Plus, the academic money is supposedly a little easier to obtain. Combine a cheaper overall tuition, a little easier path to academic money for some, and part of the 11.7, and you can get a much cheaper cost of attendance at Miss St than Auburn right now. 

I understand what you are saying.  I would  just point out that there are many things done now for student athletes that are not done for the student body.  As for the out of state tuition, Auburn and Alabama have both enjoyed the benefits of the Federal Student Loan program to bolster their revenues by jacking up those fees over the past 20 years.  That is a different discussion altogether. 

The discussion will likely soon be moot anyway, given the vanishing rules pertaining to scholarship numbers etc.  It just smacks as preposterous that we can openly bid on football players and yet are hamstrung by numbers constraints in baseball. 

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22 hours ago, AU9377 said:

It just smacks as preposterous that we can openly bid on football players and yet are hamstrung by numbers constraints in baseball. 

I think that when/if AU gets an NIL fund up for baseball, scholarships will not matter. There is money for football and basketball players that make the scholarship look like peanuts. I hope AU baseball can get to this same level of NIL assistance.

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