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    College Athletes Enjoy Millions in New Perks

    It pays to study. NCAA athletes are cashing in big on new benefits made available by recent changes. As of Aug. 1, athletic scholarships can cover costs like transportation and unlimited snacks, as well as traditional tuition, room, board and books. The shift, brought in by recent votes allowing Division I schools to cover attendance costs and food, mean college stars will get nearly $160 million a year more in benefits. But some fear that the resulting funding pressure will impact other students’ debt levels — and non-revenue sports.

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