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ERIC Number: EJ896268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Access for Whom, Access to What? The Role of the "Disadvantaged Student" Market in the Rise of For-Profit Higher Education in the United States
Garrity, Bonnie K. Fox; Garrison, Mark J.; Fiedler, Roger C.
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v8 n1 p202-244 Aug 2010
This article explores the role of Pell grants in the rise of for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) in the United States by examining National Center for Education Statistics data (Pell are financial "needs-based" grants to students to offset cost of tuition; Pell grants are the main source of federal financial support available to FPCUs). Two major findings are discussed: FPCUs have more than double the percentage of enrollment previously reported and receive greater Pell per FTE than not-for-profits (NFPs) or publics. FPCUs spend less on instruction than NFPs while some institutions have more Pell revenue than instructional expenses. Implications for educational inequality and public purposes of higher education are discussed. (Contains 12 tables and 7 endnotes.)
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program