Laws force disclosure of scholarships' fine print

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A new law goes into effect in Connecticut next month that will require schools in that state to disclose all the fine print of their scholarship offers to athletic recruits.

Connecticut joins California, which passed similar legislation in 2010, in requiring schools to provide an Internet link to information about the schools' standards for scholarship renewals, sports-related medical expenses, and all out-of-pocket expenses that students on athletic scholarships are expected to pay.

California's law takes effect in 2012.

Connecticut State Rep. Pat Dillon, D-New Haven, says many athletes are under the false impression that they are receiving four-year scholarships that will pay for everything.

In fact, all scholarships are for a year and subject to renewal at the school's discretion.

Students also are required to pay for expenses such as phone bills and transportation, and many schools require athletes to have their own insurance to pay for any sports-related injuries.