Redistributive fee increases, net attendance costs, and the distribution of students at the public university
Economics of Education Review Volume 20, Number 6 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This paper examines the effect of policies that increase tuition at public four-year colleges while returning a substantial portion of the revenue to economically disadvantaged students in the form of increased financial aid awards. Such “redistributive fee increases” are demonstrated to have potentially important effects on the distribution of students choosing to attend in-state public four-year colleges. Specifically, if in-state public four-year net attendance costs increase by themselves high-test students are far more likely than low-test students to choose alternative paths while if the net attendance costs of alternative paths also increase Black and Hispanic students are most likely to choose alternative paths.
Hilmer, M.J. Redistributive fee increases, net attendance costs, and the distribution of students at the public university. Economics of Education Review, 20(6), 551-562. Elsevier Ltd.