ERIC Number: ED177961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-20
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Inflation and Pricing Policies on College Enrollments.
Ostar, Allan W.
Some of the effects of inflation and pricing policies on college costs are discussed, and it is shown that rising college costs have a negative effect upon student opportunity and access. Continual escalation of tuition and fees can lead to a shrinking of the higher education enterprise. Federal efforts (and state efforts to the extent that they deal with direct student aid programs) have been remedial: how to help students after the college tuition and fees have gone up. Government attention has not focused on how to keep college costs down. The present student aid strategy to assist students should be based on low tuition, grants, and work/study. Low tuition is not need-based; it is efficient because it does not require the bureaucratic procedures and costs of need-based aid, and it has been demonstrated to be effective. Government reliance on student loan programs is suggested to be particularly troublesome because of the costs involved in administering the program, and because the philosophical basis of the loan program negates the benefits that society receives from higher education and its graduates. (Author/PHR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Colleges, Cost Containment, Cost Effectiveness, Economic Factors, Enrollment Influences, Fees, Financial Problems, Government Role, Higher Education, Inflation (Economics), Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Needs Assessment, Student Financial Aid, Trend Analysis, Tuition, Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the College Entrance Examination Board annual meeting (October 1978)