At some Michigan universities, students foot large part of athletics bill

Sep 2, 2016

MLive recently published an in-depth look at Michigan's public universities, and how they subsidize sports with tuition dollars. 

What stood out more than anything is the fact that among the schools that offer NCAA-level athletics, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan collectively spend more tuition dollars on sports than the other ten public universities combined. 

It's costing Western nearly $26 million a year. And at Eastern, the subsidy is more than $27 million, which amounts to 10% of the tuition bill. 

Economics professor and economist Richard Vedder joined us today to help us make sense of the situation. 


Richard Vedder is a professor of economics at Ohio University and the director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. 

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