ERIC Number: ED245641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Enrollment Effects of Postsecondary Tuition Rises: Facts, Myths, and Unknowns.
Hearn, James C.; Longanecker, David
Empirical research on the effects of price rises on college attendance is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the validity and usefulness of an approach to postsecondary pricing increasingly being employed in the public sector. This approach, which is labeled the targeted subsidy approach, stresses that greater equity and fiscal efficiency result from moves away from low tuition policies toward higher tuition levels and higher levels of student aid funding. The evidence suggests that responsible movement toward a targeted subsidization financing scheme should not appreciably affect enrollment rates in the long run. The view that significant tuition rises necessarily threaten equality of educational opportunity is labeled as myth. Although the value of the targeted subsidy approach is generally upheld by the review, caveats are suggested regarding three of its central assumptions: the rational actor assumption, the "ceteris paribus" assumption, and the "efficient delivery" assumption. Suggestions for further research focus on the need for greater knowledge regarding individuals' processing of information as they make their college-going decisions. A 10-page bibliography is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).