ERIC Number: ED413810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Issue Brief on Financial Aid and Tuition Policy in California.
Brewer, Dominic; Kaganoff, Tessa
This paper identifies some of the major issues that need to be considered in designing a coherent policy for tuition/fees and student financial aid in California's institutions of higher education. It reviews evidence on the effects of financial aid and tuition and discusses the usefulness of that evidence for policy design. The report identifies some of the basic trends in tuition and financial aid in the state, highlighting the major problems facing the existing system. These include unprecedented fee hikes at public institutions, declining federal grants, increasing competitiveness for state-funded grants, financial aid which has not kept pace with increases in student costs, and more student utilization of loans to finance college. Analysis finds that enrollment at the University of California and the independent colleges appears relatively insensitive to tuition changes but that enrollment at California State University and the community colleges has declined sharply in the 1990s, a period of rapid fee increases. Possible policy changes, such as a move to a "high tuition, high aid" policy are considered. Other possible changes include changing eligibility requirements and funding levels for the state's Cal Grant programs. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Education Roundtable.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. on Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: California