ERIC Number: ED463776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-8
Reference Count: N/A
Wyoming Community College Commission Long-Term Tuition Study, 2001.
Wyoming Community Coll. Commission, Cheyenne.
The Wyoming Community College Commission conducted this study to provide guidance in establishing a long-term tuition policy for Wyoming colleges. It sampled 16 states that are members of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), via telephone surveys and questionnaires. Historical data from 1986 adds a long-term perspective. Highlights include: (1) when median family income for each state ($48,837) is compared with resident (in-district) tuition costs per credit hour, the data show that Wyoming's community colleges now charge slightly more ($47) per income dollar than most states; (2) historical tuition comparisons show Wyoming rates to be relatively low-tuition and fees for resident in-district students have been consistently below the sample's average; (3) states in the west, especially WICHE states, have the most affordable community colleges in the nation; (4) whereas the resident tuition for Wyoming is approaching the WICHE average; tuition and fees for nonresidents maintains significant cost differences as time goes on--students from outside the WICHE region often state that their primary reason to enroll in Wyoming colleges is affordability; and (5) while WICHE colleges charge an average of $5,023 in annual tuition and fees for nonresidents, Wyoming charges only $3,690. Appendices include statistical tables and the survey instrument. (MKF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wyoming Community Coll. Commission, Cheyenne.
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming