ERIC Number: ED207388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Study of Student Housing Needs and Availability in Public Institutions of Higher Education.
Institutionally owned and/or operated student housing at six public four-year universities and colleges in the State of Washington was surveyed, and recommendations regarding statewide policy were offered. Findings include the following: student housing at state four-year institutions are to be revenue-financed from rent and other user-derived income; student housing costs that may impair an individual student's access to higher education is best subsidized through additional funding of student financial aid; an alternative type of state subsidy of student housing costs is full state funding of the resident student activities and advisory services portion of the student services formula; new institutional housing bond issues backed by state general obligation coverage could realize a significant savings in interest costs; and the basic policy of the state is that student housing is primarily a matter for individual institutional governance. Recommendations include the following: additional funding for financial aid can best help students whose access to higher education is impaired by highly inflated housing costs; the feasibility and potential financial savings from extending the use of state general obligation tax coverage to new and existing institutional housing and food service revenue bonds should be further studied; and the state should be further studied; and the state should not provide direct subsidy to institutions in order to fund construction of new housing facilities or through the student services formula for institutional housing administration. The appended study report, which was produced under contract by MIRA, Inc., includes information concerning current and future supply and projected demand for student housing. Additionally, a letter from the Washington Association of University Students criticizing the study is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Housing, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Educational Finance, Financial Policy, Higher Education, Public Policy, School Surveys, State Aid, State Universities, Statewide Planning, Statistical Data, Student Attitudes, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
State of Washington, Council for Postsecondary Education, 908 E. 5th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Council for Postsecondary Education, Olympia.