Anybody who is friends with a Ute fan has heard at least one of them say "I have a hard time paying tithing because I know a portion of it goes to support that school down south." While I've heard many of my friends deny the truth of that statement, the fact is it's completely true.
Even when I tell my friends that what their Ute friend saying is true, they still seem hesitant to believe me. It's as if by accepting that BYU is using church tithing money for their salaries and operating costs, the church no longer can be true.
We must understand that BYU is a church-owned school. Consider it their "educational" arm and a very expensive way to share the gospel. When you understand this, it's hard to argue against many of their "odd" practices such as praying before sporting events and pretty much the entire Honor Code. This is in fact why Mormons pay less than non-Mormons. It's not some sort of discriminating act, it's quite simple: If you are Mormon, you are paying for those new buildings and high salaries, so naturally you should get a discount.
Still don't believe me? Check out the official BYU website for yourself
. On their site BYU makes the following statement:"A significant portion of the cost of operating the university is paid from the tithes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Therefore, students and families of students who are tithe-paying members of the Church have already made a contribution to the operation of the university. Because others will not have made this contribution, they are charged a higher tuition, a practice similar in principle to that of state universities charging higher tuition to nonresidents."