ERIC Number: ED101767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Proposed Policy on Tuition in Community Colleges. Staff Paper.
Terrey, John N.
Following a short review of the literature and a thorough discussion of the pros and cons of community college tuition, an analysis of educational costs and benefits is made. In Washington, the total cost of community college attendance, including foregone income, is approximately $4,707 per year per student. Of this figure, the student and/or his family bears the responsibility for $3,662 (77.8 percent). Even if there were no tuition and fee charges, these students would still have to pay a large percentage of the educational cost. This situation represents an economic barrier to educational opportunity, which benefits society. Higher education is a social necessity, not a luxury, and should be treated as such in policy and by funding. As a result of this study, three recommendations are made: (1) That public institutions of higher education be supported at a level which makes access possible without tuition levels which economically would deny opportunity to some individuals; (2) That tuition not be increased until such time as the individual contribution drops below the range of two-thirds to three-fourths of the economic costs of attendance; and (3) The tuition charges be graduated within the public sector to reflect the growth in benefits resulting from additional education. (DC)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington