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ERIC Number: ED477532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
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What's the Issue about Affordability of Public Higher Education?
Goff, Donald Gary
This study compared and contrasted data reports of two national policy centers on the affordability of public higher education. The study examined cost findings of the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and the major affordability findings of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (NCPPHE). Both policy centers provided information that the cost and price of higher education had risen between 1992 and 2000. The NCPPHE reported a 41% increase, and the NCES reported only an 8% increase in constant dollars.Conflicting data on the net price of higher education for low-income families was provided by the two policy centers. The NCES provided data that the net price had declined 11% in constant dollars between 1992 and 2000, but the NCPPHE data indicated that the net price had risen slightly in constant dollars, and that students and their families were incurring larger debt due to the change in financial aid strategy from offering grants to greater reliance on loans. Accounting practices in reporting cost and price data by different survey instruments and audiences appears to account for discrepancies between the two reporting systems. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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