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Old 01-31-2013, 05:35 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Misterbill View Post
For parents who look upon college scholarships as a return on investment, there is a better chance that it turns out positive for girls than boys.

Pretty easy for each family to do their own math.

For Ivies and D3 the return is zero for both boys and girls. (To the extent that tennis gets a kid into a school that has an academic level the kid wouldn't have otherwise qualified for, there is a whole other set of calculations I guess).

If in-state tuition/room/board is $10,000 per year, and a boy gets .5--.7, that's $20,000--$28,000. Make that the numerator, with the total junior tennis expenses as the denominator. Anything over 1 represents a positive return, anything less than 1 is a negative return.

If out-of-state tuition/private school tuition--rb is $40,000 per year............well anyone can do the math.

Can I guess that parents would spend about $20,000 a year (lessons, clinics, tennis gears, travelling costs etc) for at least 5 years for a kid to play D1 tennis. This is $100,000 total. We spent 50% more than this, mainly due to our "point chasing". For a girl who plays for a private college, such as, Stanford or Duke, a full ride would be valued at $200,000. For an out of state public school, the value of a full ride is reduced to about $150,000. However, for an in-state school, the value is further reduced to $60,000-70,000.

A lot less money for boys
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