ERIC Number: ED129353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Reference Count: 0
No- or Low-Tuition: A Lost Cause. Topical Paper No. 58.
Almost from the beginning of the junior college movement, its educational leaders emphasized the desirability of maintaining a no-tuition policy in order to extend free public education through the first two years of college. However, at no time in the 75 year history of public two-year colleges has there been widespread acceptance of the no- or low-tuition policy. Periodically, state laws have prohibited tuition but all of them have been amended or circumvented, allowing colleges to impose fees. Today, no state prohibits the charging of tuition and/or fees. Tuition/fees in two-year colleges average from 50% to 60% of those charged in four-year colleges. Average tuition and fees in 1974-75 have been variously estimated at $263 to $337. For the majority of students nationally they range from $0-$99 (low) to $100-$299 (moderate), but for the majority of colleges they are moderate to high ($300-$499). Tuition rises annually at a rate of 15% or more and by 1980 will average $400. What effect tuition will have on the ideal of the "open door" depends on the amount of state and federal grants to institutions with limited incomes. It seems reasonable to expect that as tuition rises to the $400-$800 range, a large number of students from low income families will be unable to attend the two-year college. (Author/JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.