Arizona’s ‘5980 Fund’ to give student-athletes extra academic financial aid

By Brian J. Pedersen, Arizona Desert Swarm: Not every college athlete is on a full scholarship. In fact, in most sports other than football and basketball the number of available scholarships for a team are so few that most players end up getting only partial aid.

Arizona is trying to address that gap with its creation of the “5980 Fund,” which opens the door for student-athletes to get up to $5,980 per year in supplemental academic support.

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