Tuition Rising

  • Filename: tuition-rising.
  • ISBN: 9780674034433
  • Release Date: 2009-06-30
  • Number of pages: 332
  • Author: Ronald G. Ehrenberg
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press



America's colleges and universities are the best in the world. They are also the most expensive. Tuition has risen faster than the rate of inflation for the past thirty years. There is no indication that this trend will abate. Ronald G. Ehrenberg explores the causes of this tuition inflation, drawing on his many years as a teacher and researcher of the economics of higher education and as a senior administrator at Cornell University. Using incidents and examples from his own experience, he discusses a wide range of topics including endowment policies, admissions and financial aid policies, the funding of research, tenure and the end of mandatory retirement, information technology, libraries and distance learning, student housing, and intercollegiate athletics. He shows that colleges and universities, having multiple, relatively independent constituencies, suffer from ineffective central control of their costs. And in a fascinating analysis of their response to the ratings published by magazines such as "U.S. News & World Report," he shows how they engage in a dysfunctional competition for students. In the short run, colleges and universities have little need to worry about rising tuitions, since the number of qualified students applying for entrance is rising even faster. But in the long run, it is not at all clear that the increases can be sustained. Ehrenberg concludes by proposing a set of policies to slow the institutions' rising tuitions without damaging their quality.

College Tuition

  • Filename: college-tuition.
  • ISBN: 1935628399
  • Release Date: 2014-09-01
  • Number of pages: 211
  • Author: Robert V. Iosue
  • Publisher:



Explains why college costs so much today; asserts what changes must be made to reduce these costs; and offers advice on how to find the best-value schools and collect the most financial aid. 10,000 first printing.

The Great American College Tuition Rip off

  • Filename: the-great-american-college-tuition-rip-off.
  • ISBN: 0971349827
  • Release Date: 2005-03
  • Number of pages: 70
  • Author: Paul Streitz
  • Publisher:



This book is an examination of why American colleges and universities have extraordinarily high tuitions and why those tuitions grow faster than the rate of inflation. It examines Hamilton College showing trends in tuition, number of faculty, comparison to non-elite colleges and other information. It examines the role that U.S. News and World Reports plays in increasing college tuition. It determines that college tuitions are not set by the actual costs of running a college; rather they are set by how much money an institution can obtain. It shows the dramatic increases in the number of faculty, administrators and staff. It shows the proliferation of courses and extra-curricular programs unnecessary for an education. The book determines that the financial objective of colleges and universities is to spend as much money as possible, with no sense of cost consciousness or the impact of higher tuitions on students. The institutions then raise tuition and ask for more money from the alumni. Tuitions are not set by costs, but by demand. It concludes that parents and students must organize into Parent-Student Associations and make tuition a matter of collective bargaining.

Financing College Tuition

  • Filename: financing-college-tuition.
  • ISBN: 0844740764
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 129
  • Author: Marvin H. Kosters
  • Publisher: American Enterprise Institute



A college education has been the key to higher real wages and living standards. But as college enrollment has increased, so has the difficulty in paying for higher education.

Rising Public College Tuition and College Entry

  • Filename: rising-public-college-tuition-and-college-entry.
  • ISBN: PSU:000024507097
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 30
  • Author: Thomas J. Kane
  • Publisher:



Though economists have spent the past decade analyzing the rising payoff to schooling, we know much less about the responses of youth or the effectiveness of policies aimed at influencing those decisions. States and the federal government currently spend more than $53 billion annually, hoping to promote greater access to college. This paper evaluates the price sensitivity of youth, using several sources of non-experimental variation in costs. The bulk of the evidence points to large enrollment impacts, particularly for low-income students and for those attending two-year colleges. The states have chosen to promote college enrollment by keeping tuition low through across-the-board subsidies rather than using more targeted, means-tested aid. As public enrollments increase, this has become an expensive strategy. Means-tested aid may be better targeted. However, the evidence of enrollment responses to such targeted aid is much weaker. After a federal means-tested grant program was established in 1973, there was no disproportionate increase in enrollment by low-income youth. Given the number of public dollars at stake, the two sets of results should be reconciled

College check mate

  • Filename: college-check-mate.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015015036596
  • Release Date: 1987-09-01
  • Number of pages: 139
  • Author: Priscilla S. Goeller
  • Publisher:



A discussion of the various kinds of financing plans available to someone intent on college.

The tuition dilemma

  • Filename: the-tuition-dilemma.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105030934355
  • Release Date: 1990-03-01
  • Number of pages: 104
  • Author: Arthur M. Hauptman
  • Publisher: Brookings Inst Pr



Describes innovative new methods for financing tuition, and reevaluates traditional student aid programs

Why Does College Cost So Much

  • Filename: why-does-college-cost-so-much.
  • ISBN: 9780199779994
  • Release Date: 2010-11-10
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Robert B. Archibald
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Much of what is written about colleges and universities ties rapidly rising tuition to dysfunctional behavior in the academy. Common targets of dysfunction include prestige games among universities, gold plated amenities, and bloated administration. This book offers a different view. To explain rising college cost, the authors place the higher education industry firmly within the larger economic history of the United States. The trajectory of college cost is similar to cost behavior in many other industries, and this is no coincidence. Higher education is a personal service that relies on highly educated labor. A technological trio of broad economic forces has come together in the last thirty years to cause higher education costs, and costs in many other industries, to rise much more rapidly than the inflation rate. The main culprit is economic growth itself. This finding does not mean that all is well in American higher education. A college education has become less reachable to a broad swathe of the American public at the same time that the market demand for highly educated people has soared. This affordability problem has deep roots. The authors explore how cost pressure, the changing wage structure of the US economy, and the complexity of financial aid policy combine to reduce access to higher education below what we need in the 21st century labor market. This book is a call to calm the rhetoric of blame and to instead find policies that will increase access to higher education while preserving the quality of our colleges and universities.

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