ERIC Number: ED287218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Private School Tuition Patterns, 1985-86. OERI Bulletin, September 1987.
This report describes elementary and secondary private school tuition patterns in the United States for the 1985-86 academic year. The data cover tuitions of religiously affiliated and nonsectarian schools, as well as tuition charged at elementary and secondary grade levels. The patterns are based on data collected from a national probability sample of schools. The response rate to the survey was 84.6 percent. Nearly 6 million elementary and secondary school students were enrolled in over 25,000 private schools, which included regular schools and special purpose schools (i.e., schools for special education, alternative education, vocational education). Almost 94 percent required tuition payment. An overall measure of average tuition would oversimplify the complexity of private school tuitions. A schedule of several averages according to key private school characteristics (religious orientation and grade level) better describes tuition levels and more accurately portrays a typical tuition. Looking only at data from regular private schools charging tuition, tuition levels vary systematically according to school orientation and grade level. The lowest tuitions are in Catholic schools, and the highest in nonsectarian schools. Elementary schools have lower tuitions than schools at other grade levels. Even within categories of religious orientation, tuition levels vary by grade level. Analyses of tables of data include implications, technical notes, data definitions, and precision of estimates. The report provides survey notations and a research office contact. (CJH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Influences, Government Publications, Information Needs, Institutional Characteristics, Instructional Program Divisions, National Surveys, Parochial Schools, Private Schools, Religious Education, School Statistics, Special Schools, Tuition, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.