ERIC Number: ED406906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Tuition, Financial Aid, and Access to Public Higher Education: A Review of the Literature.
Heller, Donald E.
This paper reviews the literature on the relationship between rising tuition and access to public higher education in the United States. It reviews research on the relationship between tuition and enrollment in higher education, noting that every study considered has found an inverse relationship between tuition and enrollment rates. The evidence suggests that a tuition rise of $100 is consistent with a 0.5 to 1.0 percentage drop in enrollment. The paper also considers the relationship between financial aid and enrollment, noting that the findings in this area are more complex than in the area of tuition, with some studies finding some students less sensitive than others to increases or decreases in financial aid. It then examines the effects of tuition and financial aid on students of different incomes, races, and college sectors. These studies have indicated that lower-income, black, and community college students are more sensitive to changes in tuition and financial aid than their counterparts. Appendixes provide information on tuition and fees at public colleges and universities; summaries of the relationship between tuition, financial aid, and enrollment; and a summary of income, race, and sector effects. (Contains 53 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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