ERIC Number: ED464574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Losing Ground: A National Status Report on the Affordability of American Higher Education.
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.
This analysis, based on data from multiple sources, examines the affordability of higher education in the United States. The report contains information on public and private education, but the emphasis is on public colleges and universities, and the implications primarily affect the states. The principal basis for assessing the affordability of higher education is to examine tuition and other costs of attending college in relation to family income. This analysis suggests that most families today, compared to those of 20 years ago, must spend a larger share of their income to pay for college. Chapter 1 begins with this fundamental finding and discusses other trends that will have adverse consequences for broad college education in the United States. In State Policies for Higher Education, chapter 2, implications of these trends for state policy are discussed. Chapter 3 contains some questions and answers about paying for college in the present climate. Chapter 4, 2002 Update for the States: A Dire Situation, describes the current budget cutbacks that are unfolding in several states. In chapter 5, the most recent public opinion data are reviewed to examine the opinions of Americans about the affordability of higher education. Chapter 6, Taking Care of the Middle Class, discusses the situation of middle class families who have felt the squeeze of rising college costs. Chapter 7 provides profiles of six college students and the challenges they face in paying for college. An appendix describes state trends in higher education costs. (Contains 37 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Paying for College, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 152 North Third St., Suite 705, San Jose, CA 95112. Tel: 408-271-2699. For full text: http://www.highereducation.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.