I have 2 sons that are attending WSU. They receive the Pell Grant $4200. The Washington State Need Grant, $8500. And, College Bound Scholarship $5000. If they wanted to wrestle in college, they could do so without an athletic scholarship because they are in state. The only thing that transfers out of state is the Pell Grant.
We are a middle class family.
I know that those amounts would not transfer to a Junior College, but I can assure you that the full amount of a junior college tuition would be covered. My boys attended Clark College for 2 years before transferring to WSU.
We are hurting our own athletes by not having wrestling in the colleges in state. Those that wish to wrestle out of state have to pay out of state tuition and must take out student loans.
Club wrestling is not the same because these kids that compete want to compete to be the best. Not just among club teams, but nationally. Look at the club teams. They practice two times a week. Practice is optional. This is not what a state champion leaving high school want to be a part of.
Money is not the issue.
My 2 cents.