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ERIC Number: ED508536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb-22
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
Nonresident Tuition and Fees at SUNY. Rates, Policies, and Consequences
Abbey, Craig W.; Armour-Garb, Allison
Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
To inform the discussion of out-of-state tuition, SUNY officials asked the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government to conduct a study that addresses three questions. First, how do SUNY's undergraduate nonresident tuition and fees compare to those charged by comparable higher education institutions? Second, what is known about the effects of hypothetical changes in nonresident policies and rates on student enrollment and total revenues? Third, what other important effects might result from changes in nonresident charges and enrollments, including effects on the state's economy and demographics. The study found that SUNY's nonresident tuition and fees are lower overall than those charged by other state university systems. But the picture varies depending on the type of campus. Although nonresident tuition for undergraduates at institutions granting bachelor's and master's degrees is comparable to national and regional averages, nonresident tuition for undergraduates at SUNY's research campuses is among the lowest in the nation. The study found, however, that increases in nonresident tuition and fees do not always yield increases in total revenues for universities or university systems. Increases in tuition and fee rates can reduce out-of-state student enrollments, and enrollment declines may, under some circumstances, produce substantial reductions in total revenues. The effects of nonresident tuition and fees on total revenues appear to depend on specific market circumstances facing each campus. The study also found some evidence that nonresident enrollments can have significant economic and demographic effects on the communities and regions where campuses are located. Taken as a whole, these findings suggest that the same changes in nonresident tuition and fees are likely to produce very different effects depending on the specific competitive and economic conditions facing each campus. Appended are: (1) Defining the Basic Cost of Attendance; and (2) Comparing Similar Institutions. (Contains 7 tables, 9 figures, and 53 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
Identifiers - Location: New York