ERIC Number: ED446673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Student Charges. AASCU Special Report.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Data from The College Board's 2000-2001 Annual Survey of Colleges delivers a positive message about the financial accessibility of an education at a public college or university. While the 4.4% increase in tuition and fees and the 5.0% increase in room and board from 1999-2000 to 2000-2001 represent a slightly higher rate of increase than the previous year's, such increases remain near their lowest point in more than a decade. In comparison to the national average, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) institutions maintained the same rate of increase, but average tuition and fees remain below the average for all public four-year institutions ($3,190 compared to $3,510). At the master's level, the average increase nationally was 5%, while for AASCU institutions it was 4.6%. At the doctoral level, the national average increase was 4.5%, while at AASCU institutions the increase averaged a slightly higher 4.7%. The findings from this data underscore for all public four-year institutions the relationship between states' economic and fiscal conditions and its tuition rates. The past several years have been marked by economic expansion and significant budget surpluses, which have helped state colleges and universities to post only modest tuition increases. As the economy shows signs of settling, many states are becoming more conservative in their fiscal decision-making. As a result, the rate of increase for student charges has edged up slightly. Understanding this relationship, particularly in light of the fact that higher education is the largest single discretionary item in most states' budgets, is important to crafting tuition policy that can moderate the boom/bust cycle that has manifested itself over the last two decades. (EMS)
Descriptors: Educational Economics, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Higher Education, Public Education, State Colleges, State Universities, Student Costs, Tuition
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.