ERIC Number: ED373659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May-30
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Pricing and Aid Strategies: Rethinking Planning and Evaluation Practices. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
St. John, Edward P.
This paper explores the need for a better understanding of the influences of prices and student aid on student enrollment and college budgets. The theory of net price has not been found to adequately explain changes in enrollment. Based on a critical review of recent research on student price response, this paper develops an alternative approach to assessing the effects of prices and student aid. The traditional approach and the alternative approach have different views of students' response to a single net price versus a set of prices and price subsidies, factors in student enrollment and persistence decisions, possible changes over time in student price response, and response to price by low-income versus middle-income or upper-income students. Analysis of the effects of student aid indicates that there is not a universal relationship between aid and first-time enrollment and persistence. The implications of the alternative approach are considered for the evaluation of aid strategies and the analysis of alternative pricing and aid strategies. (Contains approximately 50 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1, 1994).