ERIC Number: ED291322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Staff Report on Rising College Costs. Prepared for the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Committee on Education and Labor.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
The rising cost of attending college is addressed in a staff summary of hearings held in 1987 by the House of Representatives. The report is endorsed by Augustus F. Hawkins, Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. Witnesses included higher education researchers, college presidents, and students. The difference between cost and price in higher education is addressed, along with reasons that college costs are rising faster than inflation. Data are provided on the national average cost of college: mean tuition/fees and total budgets for resident students living in institutional housing for 1964-1988 for public and private two-year and four-year institutions and for proprietary schools. Information is also provided on the contribution of state and local governments to public and private institutions. Changes in the Higher Education Price Index between 1960 and 1986 are documented. A majority of witnesses testified that the greatest factor affecting tuition increases reflected changes in student financial assistance policies at the federal, state, and institutional level. Many of the witnesses expressed concern for the impact higher tuition rates will have on students from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds. The testimony indicated that decisions by colleges to increase tuition appear to be in response to rising costs of operating the college. (SW)
Descriptors: Budgets, College Attendance, College Students, Disadvantaged, Financial Policy, Hearings, Higher Education, Local Government, Minority Groups, Noninstructional Student Costs, Private Colleges, Proprietary Schools, Public Colleges, Public Policy, State Aid, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Tuition, Two Year Colleges
Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Note: Serial No. 100-S. Report was not officially adopted by the Committee on Education and Labor or the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education and may not therefore necessarily reflected the views of its members.