ERIC Number: ED461339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on State Support for Independent Colleges and Their Students: Higher Education Tuition Grants and Unrestricted Appropriations.
Smith, Christine L.
This report provides information on the degree to which states in the area served by the Southern Region Education Board (SREB) support independent colleges and universities. Most SREB states support independent institutions through student grants that may or may not be based on the student's financial need. In the year of the report, 11 SREB states provided independent institutions with more than $350 million in tuition grants and unrestricted appropriations. In addition to these appropriations, contract programs in several states provide independent institutions with considerable funding for specific purposes or programs. In the 1980s, annual appropriations for tuition grants that did not consider students' financial need grew faster than appropriations for need-based tuition grants, but this trend began to reverse in the late 1980s. In 1999, almost half of all students receiving aid received it on a need basis, but in the five states that provide students with grants that do not take into account their financial need, almost 100,000 students benefited from the $163 million awarded in these states. Most states have increased funding for independent institutions since the last survey in 1993, and over the last 6 years, 4 states have more than doubled appropriations that benefit students at independent colleges. Three states allocated $53.2 million in 1999 in unrestricted appropriations to independent institutions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Financial Support, Grants, Higher Education, Private Colleges, State Aid, State Programs, Student Financial Aid, Trend Analysis
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 ($2.50 handling fee). Tel: 404-875-9211. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/scripts/focus/focus1.asp?Code=14.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.