Mississippi State: $5,372
South Carolina: $4,151+
Georgia: $3,746 non-state resident, $3,222 resident
Texas A & M: $3,528 non-state resident, $3,000 resident
Kentucky: $ $3,524 non-state resident, $3,256 resident
Florida: $3,330 res/non-res
+ Data from National Center for Educational Statistics
*Does not include transportation costs
It's going to be interesting to see what happens with these stipends going forward. Nick Saban has called for a salary cap so no coach can offer recruits more than any other coach. At the SEC meetings, Georgia called for greater transparency with how each school calculates costs, and coach Mark Richt has questioned those calculations.
Schools have a lot of leeway in how they can calculate the additional costs that make up cost of attendance. The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators offers some best practices. But the U.S. Department of Education's guide for college financial aid professionals simply states: "The law specifies the types of costs that are included in the cost of attendance, but you must determine the appropriate amount to include for each category for students at your school."
What’s great about this is the conflict between a school’s educational mission (remember that?) and its athletic interests. Schools want to keep the COA figure low to avoid sticker shock for students who must pay and also for budgetary reasons. Football and basketball coaches want it higher so they can offer bigger stipends to recruits.
I know who I’ve got my money on to eventually win that battle.