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College Costs

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College Costs

  • The cost of higher education is an issue of ongoing importance to students, families and campus leaders, as well as leaders in Congress and the administration. The forces driving tuition increases are the subject of much debate. Tuition has risen in years when federal student aid has increased, but also in years when there has been no increase. However, we do know there is a clear relationship between rising tuition and state funding cuts. What also is clear is that many higher education institutions are now taking steps to contain costs and improve productivity and also help qualified low-income students pay for their education.

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    The Anatomy of College Tuition

    A report by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman based on their book, Why Does College Cost So Much? explores an economic framework for the forces driving college tuition.

  • New Resources on College Costs Available From ACE

    The cost of higher education is an issue of ongoing importance to students and families across the nation, as well as policymakers and political candidates. ACE has released two new publications designed to offer data and insight into this complex matter.

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    Putting College Costs Into Context

    A brief overview of the cost of attending college and the financial aid that is available to students. The paper also looks at why college prices are rising and what higher education institutions are doing to contain costs.

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