ERIC Number: ED354847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Tuition and Required Fees: South Carolina Public Colleges and Universities and Peer Institutions.
Sutusky, John C.
The purposes of this study were twofold: (1) to examine existent tuition and fee policy in South Carolina in order to determine why these charges are high, and (2) to consider whether the practice of escrowing tuition results in undesirable consequences. The study includes close definition of the terms "tuition" and "fees" and an analysis of the uses of tuition and required fees by peer group institutions to determine whether South Carolina's relatively high charges are due to the use of such funds for debt service and capital expenditures for facilities. Comparative information is also given on the allocation of required tuition and fees to the other two uses of these funds: (1) auxiliaries, and (2) education and general categories. The analysis found that more South Carolina colleges and universities required tuition and fees to service debt service and capital expenditures for facilities than did peer institutions though the differentials were not substantial enough to explain the high tuitions and fees in South Carolina. In addition the analysis found that South Carolina schools allocate somewhat less tuition and fee revenues to auxiliary expenses, and substantially more of these funds to education and general categories than do peer institutions. The study concludes that the high level of required tuition and fees is due to heavy reliance on these funds for education and general operations. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Columbia.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina