Yeah, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about because not actually getting paid is not actually getting paid. If you earn money, you earn money. If you get a good or service, and you don't get money, you don't get money. It's like this -- if you're unemployed, and the government offers you a tax break vs. giving you unemployment insurance (i.e. $$$) -- which is actually going to help you? There's no scarcity in college education, there's only artificial scarcity -- a college or university could say they can only accommodate X number of students, but then decide to add 125 class spots and hire people to accommodate just those 125 people, etc. and the only people not getting paid out of that are the 125 student athletes on the roster. Similarly if they don't hire anyone to just deal with those 125 people, then it's not even an incremental cost to the university. Conversely, the university can also claim that the value of a scholarship is (making a number up) $80,000 -- so that counts against revenue on the balance sheet, and they pay less in taxes -- despite it not costing them anything. The whole thing is a scam, right down to the balance sheet.