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ERIC Number: EJ905715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0884-9153
Who Benefits from Tuition Discounts at Public Universities?
Hillman, Nicholas W.
Journal of Student Financial Aid, v40 n1 p17-30 2010
This article uses data from the 2004 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to provide insight about the range of tuition discounting practices at public institutions. Specifically, it examines the characteristics of students who receive tuition discounts from public four-year colleges and universities. A binary logistic regression is applied to all students enrolled in a public four-year institution in 2003-04 to determine which students were most likely to receive a tuition discount. Descriptive statistics show how tuition discount rates differ according to student characteristics such as academic level, race, residency, family income, and institution type. This study examines national patterns and also makes use of the 12-state representative samples available in NPSAS:04. Findings demonstrate that low-income students, minorities, freshmen, and non-resident students are the groups most likely to receive tuition discounts. Based on the logistic regression results, it appears that public colleges are using tuition discounts in a way that increases opportunity for traditionally underrepresented students, and as an incentive for freshmen to enroll in college. However, while low-income students are more likely to receive tuition discounts, their discount rate is equal to or less than their upper-income peers. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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