ERIC Number: ED447775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Discounting toward Disaster: Tuition Discounting, College Finances, and Enrollments of Low-Income Undergraduates. New Agenda Series[TM], Volume 3, Number 2.
Redd, Kenneth E.
To study the effects of college tuition discounting, data from annual Institutional Student Aid Surveys of private colleges and universities were compared to enrollment and Pell Grant data from the U.S. Department of Education. Findings indicated that: (1) at least one quarter of the colleges and universities used discounting strategies that resulted in large losses of tuition revenue; (2) institutions with the greatest increases in discount rates raised their spending on institutional grants by $3,375 per undergraduate, but their tuition and fee revenue grew by just $3,069; (3) discounting strategies do not appear to have significantly improved the academic profiles of admitted undergraduates when measured by changes in median admissions test scores of entering first-year students; (4) tuition discounting does appear to have helped institutions increase their numbers of low-income undergraduates; and (5) the increased use of tuition discounting does appear to have made it possible for more students from all income levels to enter higher education. (Contains 42 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Enrollment, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Scholarships, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Surveys, Tables (Data), Tuition, Tuition Grants
USA Group Foundation, P.O. Box 7039, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7039. Web site: http://www.usagroup.com/foundation/discounting.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: USA Group, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.