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ERIC Number: ED513391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
The Cost of Higher Education in Pennsylvania. Report to the Pennsylvania State Board of Education
Tandberg, David, Comp.
Pennsylvania Department of Education
In September of 2008, the Pennsylvania Board of Education requested that the Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education in the Department of Education conduct research to document whether, and to what extent, the cost of postsecondary education in the state of Pennsylvania constitutes a significant barrier to college access, retention, and graduation. This report is a partial response to that request. It contains data gathered from a variety of sources, including the College Board, PHEAA, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Peterson's Financial Aid Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the annual National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) Survey. The Pennsylvania Board of Education will collect additional information by means of a survey of Pennsylvania residents that focuses on how families pay for college. Particular emphasis will be placed on the total amount of debt families incur to send students to college, and on the degree to which these debt levels affect going to college or subsequent employment decisions. This report is organized into four main sections. First, data are presented on the cost of attending college in Pennsylvania, and on families' ability to pay for college. Second, the report places Pennsylvania in the national context by comparing the cost of attending college in Pennsylvania and the debt load of Pennsylvania students to the national average and nine comparison state averages. Likewise, personal income data in Pennsylvania are compared nationally as well. Finally, relevant information garnered from the 2006 "A Rising Tide" report on Pennsylvania higher education is reviewed. Appendices include: (1) The Cost of Education for PASSHE Students, Community College Sponsored Students, and Community College Non-Sponsored Students; (2) Educational Attainment and Personal Income; and (3) Debt Load Compared to Personal Income. (Contains 11 tables and 26 footnotes.)
Pennsylvania Department of Education. 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. Tel: 717-783-6788; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania