ERIC Number: ED328140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Tracing the Economic Backgrounds of COFHE Students: Has There Been a "Middle-Income Melt?"
Schapiro, Morton Owen; And Others
This report presents the results of a study examining the effects of rapidly rising tuitions at the nation's "elite" private colleges and universities, and the impact on the enrollment of middle-income students. The paper traces the income background of Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE) schools and shows how students from backgrounds that are middle income and below have weathered the recent period of tuition increases. Shifts in the income distribution of students at COFHE institutions are compared with those of students at other institutions. In addition, a sample of high-achieving high school students is analyzed to examine how application, admission, and matriculation rates at COFHE institutions vary by income group. The report discusses the destinations of top high school students who either turn down an "elite" school or never apply to one, and the same sample of students is used in an analysis of how the net price of attending a COFHE institution varies with income. Finally, the attitudes of parents of top high school students who did not apply to a COFHE school are studied to determine how much these parents believed a COFHE institution would cost them; these are compared to actual costs. Contains eight references and an appendix of income statistics. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Financing Higher Education, Cambridge, MA.