Differential Tuition Impact

Career College Central Summary:

According to a new study, when public universities impose higher tuition rates on some academic programs, students are discouraged to enroll in some fields

Engineering enrollments declined by 1.1 percentage points three years after the imposition of higher tuition for the field. Business programs saw smaller declines in enrollment and nursing saw a small (but statistically insignificant) gain in enrollments three years after tuition was raised for that field above standard rates.

The study also found that enrollment decisions of female and minority students are more likely to be influenced (negatively) by higher tuition rates for programs than are white men.

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