ERIC Number: ED177987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Price of Admission: An Assessment of the Impact of Student Charges on Enrollments and Revenues in California Public Higher Education.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Student charges for public higher education in the State of California are examined in light of current financial problems. Of major concern is the impact of increased student charges on enrollment levels. Rates of participation in public postsecondary education in California are among the highest in the nation and student charges are among the lowest. The costs and benefits of California public education system are examined in detail and data concerning state expenditures are tabulated. Various methods of setting student fees for both the two- and four-year institutions that are discussed include: cost-of-instruction method, charges based on the level of the student and on comparison to similar institutions, community college charges based on credit/noncredit distinction, charges based on future earnings of the student, and charges based on anticipated deficits in segmental budgets. Studies investigating the impact of price on the demand for higher education are reviewed. From these studies components of a model for assessing enrollment affects are presented and four possible student fee policy options are examined in depth. It is concluded that any appreciable increase in student charges would reduce enrollment in all public postsecondary segments and diminish educational opportunity in the State of California. (SF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Budgets, College Students, Community Colleges, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Enrollment Rate, Expenditure per Student, Fees, Higher Education, Public Education, State Aid, State Colleges, State Government, Statewide Planning, Student Costs, Tuition
California Postsecondary Education Commission, 1020 12th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.