ERIC Number: ED361021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
The Impact of the Differential Enrollment Fee on Chaffey College Baccalaureate Students.
Tronvig, Jill Anne; And Others
In winter 1993, Chaffey College (CC) in California experienced a 44% drop, over the previous quarter, in enrollments of students holding baccalaureate degrees. This decline coincided with the introduction statewide of a $33 per quarter unit differential fee for baccalaureate-holding students. Previously, there had been a $10 per quarter unit fee. To examine the fee's impact on enrollment, three slightly different versions of a survey were sent to baccalaureate students enrolled at CC in fall 1992 or winter 1993, including 276 continuing students, 388 students who enrolled in fall 1992 but did not re-enroll in winter 1993, and 96 new or returning students enrolled only in winter 1993. Response rates were 53%, 45%, and 63%, respectively. Study highlights included the following: (1) 65% of the non-returning respondents indicated that they were no longer enrolled because the new fees made college too expensive; (2) respondents tended to be employed either full- or part-time; (3) over half of the respondents took only evening classes; (4) 40% to 47% of the respondents were graduates of the California State University (CSU) system; (5) only 35% of non-continuing respondents were aware of fee waivers available to displaced homemakers and workers, and to students on public assistance; (6) continuing students were the most knowledgeable about the fee waivers and the most likely to have applied for and qualified for fee exemption; and (7) more than 40% of each group had annual incomes of over $40,000. Discussion of differences by gender and ethnicity, data tables, and the survey instruments are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Fees, Paying for College, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Costs, Student Problems, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chaffey Coll., Rancho Cucamonga, CA.