Federal Student Aid and the Rising Cost of Higher Education: Analyses, Impacts, Perspectives

Wilfred Newman (Editor)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: BUS024000

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College affordability is an issue that has received considerable attention from federal policy makers in recent years as concerns have arisen that a college education may be out of reach for an increasing number of students and families. While there is little disagreement that escalating college prices pose a problem, there is not a consensus about the precise causes for these increases. Among the possible explanations for price increases, one that has surfaced with some frequency in recent years is the notion that the availability of or increases in federal student aid may help to fuel price increases, as institutions seek to capture additional aid rather than stabilize or lower prices. This hypothesized relationship has received a good deal of attention and raised some concerns about the efficacy of federal student aid policies that aim to enhance access and affordability. This book has been undertaken in response to numerous congressional requests to explain what is actually known about the relationship between student aid and prices. In this book, this task is approached first through analysis of trends in prices, examining different measures and concepts of price. This is followed by a brief examination of trends in student aid, and an examination of many of the competing explanations for why prices are increasing. Finally, the book explores what is known about the possible causal relationship between student aid and price increases, principally through a survey of primary studies that attempt to isolate the effects of student aid on college prices. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Overview of the Relationship between Federal Student Aid and Increases in College Prices
Adam Stoll, David H. Bradley and Shannon M. Mahan

Chapter 2. Testimony of Dr. Judith Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Hearing on ''Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Ensuring College Affordability''

Chapter 3. Testimony of Dr. Elizabeth Akers, Fellow, Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution. Hearing on ''Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Ensuring College Affordability''

Chapter 4. Statement of Dr. F. King Alexander, President, Louisiana State University. Hearing on ''Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Ensuring College Affordability''

Chapter 5. Testimony of Michael Mitchell, Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Hearing on ''Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Ensuring College Affordability''

Chapter 6. Testimony of James Kennedy, Associate Vice President for University Student Services and Systems, Indiana University. Hearing on ''Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Ensuring College Affordability''

Chapter 7. Statement of Daniel T. Madzelan, U.S. Department of Education (retired). Hearing on ''Keeping College Within Reach: The Role of Federal Student Aid Programs''

Chapter 8. Statement of Terry W. Hartle, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education. Hearing on ''Keeping College Within Reach: The Role of Federal Student Aid Programs''

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