ERIC Number: ED180302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Rationales for Determining Student Contributions to Costs of Post-Secondary Education. Research and Information Report.
Student financial contributions toward postsecondary education are examined in this report from the Minister's Task Force in Alberta, Canada. Critical examination of various rationales are made as a basis for determining the directions in which student costs should move. This includes a discussion of social equity, societal investment and benefit, student motivation, personal investment and gain, institutional factors including program costs and enrollment, public opinion, and political, economic, and manpower factors. Two major related issues that are considered include: postsecondary education as a right or privilege, and the benefactors of higher education. An examination of student financial assistance programs in Canada describes programs available and makes comparisons with the Australian system. It is suggested that the most important considerations when assessing student costs are social equity, societal factors, and personal factors. The results of this investigation suggest there is no justification for asking students to increase their contributions to postsecondary education and that possibly student costs should be reduced. It is also noted, however, that public opinion and political factors do not support this opinion. Comments concerning some of the recommendations made by the majority of the task force are included. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Assessment, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Foreign Countries, Grants, Higher Education, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Political Attitudes, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Scholarships, Social Influences, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Div. of Educational Research.
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