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THURSDAY BUZZ: NCES Releases Tuition Watch Lists

June 30, 2011

 

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) today released its new college price watch lists. The lists, which were mandated by the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, are available here.

There are six lists broken down by nine different institution types:

  • The top 5 percent of the most expensive institutions in terms of tuition and fees in the most recent preceding academic year for which data is available.
  • The top 5 percent of the most expensive institutions in terms of net price in the previous year.
  • The top 5 percent of institutions with the largest percentage increase in tuition and fees over the three previous years.
  • The top 5 percent of institutions with the largest percentage increase in net price over the three previous years.
  • The 10 percent of institutions with the lowest tuition and fees in the previous year.
  • The 10 percent of institutions with the lowest net price in the previous year.

The department's intention is to focus attention on institutions with rapid tuition increases in order to give families more information about the actual price they are likely to pay for college. As ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle told Inside Higher Ed, "At the end of the day I think it's good for consumers to have this sort of information. I just hope it's not too complicated to wade through."

Additional coverage in this morning's papers included:

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