ERIC Number: ED361019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan-25
Reference Count: N/A
Virginia Community College System Study of Tuition Increases and Their Effects on Enrollments.
Virginia State Dept. of Community Colleges, Richmond.
A study was conducted to measure the impact of the Virginia Community College System's (VCCS's) tuition increases on enrollment by randomly surveying students who had enrolled in the VCCS in fall 1991, but who had not enrolled for fall 1992. Some 76,191 of the 133,662 students enrolled in community colleges in fall 1991 did not re-enroll in fall 1992. Former students selected from six regions of the state to be surveyed completed telephone interviews. The 848 respondents who answered the question about the amount of their family income were the subjects of this study. Results of the study included the following: (1) the top reason students gave for not returning was not having the time for school; (2) only 15% of all students surveyed indicated that the cost of attending a community college was a factor in not returning; (3) overall, students with family incomes under $20,000 found tuition and fees to be an important factor in making the decision not to return; (4) 23% of students earning less than $20,000 cited the cost of attending college for not enrolling in the fall of 1992; (5) only 44% of those in the below $10,000 bracket and 36% of those in the $10,000-$19,999 bracket had applied for financial aid; (6) approximately 15% of low-income students probably eligible for financial aid did not apply for it; and (7) financial aid to students grew 43% between 1989-90 and 1991-92. Extensive data tables are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Community Colleges, Dropout Research, Educational Finance, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Family Income, State Surveys, Student Attrition, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Student Problems, Tuition, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Community Colleges, Richmond.