July 18th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

After a special legislative commission spent months examining the treatment of college athletes, state lawmakers introduced legislation early this session that included free legal assistance, better health care and more academic help. But the bill also contained an in-state tuition break that could save college booster clubs millions of dollars that was never discussed. The college athlete protections bill never got a hearing in committee, giving it little chance to become law. But last week, the tuition break was put on a fast track in the House via an unrelated bill that was gutted and replaced by the tuition language. The provision would allow out-of-state athletes to pay in-state rates for tuition at UNC System schools for scholarship purposes — saving millions for the booster clubs and sports programs that fund those scholarships. -Lauren Horsch and Colin Campbell, newsobserver. Read More.

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