ERIC Number: ED478601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
State Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance Policies, 2002-03.
Rasmussen, Christopher J.
This report, fifth in a series of updates by State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), is a comprehensive assessment of state policies related to public college and university tuition, fees, and financial aid. It also includes expanded information on the various goals and objectives of state-level student financial assistance policies, a report on the impact of state legislative term limits on higher education policy, and a new section on state policy responses to the federal educational tax credits introduced in 1997. The survey on which this report is based was distributed to state higher education finance officers in late June 2002 and was completed by 46 SHEEO agencies in 44 states. Significant variation was found among the states in the basic philosophy that guides decision making regarding tuition levels in public higher education, but a majority of states espouse a philosophy of low tuition to make education as affordable as possible. Agencies listed a number of factors used in setting resident tuition, with state general fund appropriations ranking first among factors, followed by prior year's tuition. The overall policy related to student fees also varied, as did the ranking of influences on financial aid policy. Promoting broad access to higher education ranked first among these influences. Responses made it clear that the issue of affordable access to higher education is of increasing concern to both state policy makers and citizens. SHEEO members provided a number of examples of efforts to address affordability concerns. The development of value-based long-term philosophies and effective strategies for maintaining affordable access to public higher education is imperative as the United States moves further into the 21st century. Two appendixes contain a list of survey respondents and the survey instrument. (SLD)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Educational Policy, Fees, Higher Education, Policy Formation, State Colleges, State Universities, Student Financial Aid, Tuition
State Higher Education Executive Officers, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3685; Web site: http://www.sheeo.org/publicat.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.