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ERIC Number: EJ1102237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Balancing Tuition Predictability and Affordability: The Pitfalls of Guaranteed Tuition Plans
Delaney, Jennifer A.; Kearney, Tyler D.; Hemenway, Bradley
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v48 n2 p59-66 2016
As tuition levels rise, predictability is an increasingly important consideration of college financing. In this article, the authors explore contemporary policy tools intended to enhance tuition predictability. They specifically consider guaranteed tuition plans. The authors begin their discussion by considering the prevalence of guaranteed tuition plans and outline related state laws. With this background, they then discuss the empirical scholarship on the effects of guaranteed tuition plans and their unintended consequences. They review literature that raises questions about these plans, their disproportionate impact on at-risk students, and the misleading marketing of these plans. They discuss scholarship that shows that these plans lead to increases in in-state and out-of-state tuition levels, increases in required student fees, and lower state general appropriations for institutions. Finally, the authors discuss alternative state policies that address predictability in college tuition and how the nuances of guaranteed tuition programs matter for their impact.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Illinois; Montana; Oklahoma; Texas; Wyoming
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