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ERIC Number: ED563109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Tuition Discounting: Institutional Aid Patterns at Public and Private Colleges and Universities. Trends in Higher Education Series
Baum, Sandy; Ma, Jennifer
College Board
Recent data from the College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges reveal significant variation in institutional aid patterns among colleges and universities. The undergraduate tuition discount rate--the ratio of institutional grant aid to published tuition and fee charges--is higher at private institutions than at public institutions, but there are also notable differences within sectors. It is not just the magnitude of the discounts offered that is important but also the purposes of the discounts and the distribution of the grants to students in different circumstances. Since 2000-01, the total discount rate has been relatively stable in the public sector but continues to rise in the private sector. Breaking the discount rate down into aid that meets financial need, aid that goes beyond financial need (or goes to students with no documented need), and the more specialized categories of tuition waivers and athletic awards. This report presents a summary of the report analysis and findings.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board Advocacy & Policy Center