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PEDAR: Executive Summary Study of College Costs and Prices, 1989-89 to 1997-98
Goals and limitations of the study
Study design and methodology
Findings and conclusions
Changes in tutition and other revenue sources over time
Changes in expenditures over time
Relationships of tuition changes with changes in revenues, expenditures, and other factors
Patterns in financial aid
Relationship of tuition changes with financial aid patterns
Usefulness of statistical models for testing relationships among revenues, costs, expenditures, and prices
Research Methodology
Full Report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
Findings and conclusions: relationships of tuition changes with financial aid patterns

Regarding the relationship between financial aid and tuition, the models found no associations between most of the aid variables (federal grants, state grants, and student loans) and changes in tuition in either the public or private not-for-profit sectors. The single exception is institutional aid, which was found to have a positive association with tuition increases for public comprehensive and private not-for-profit comprehensive institutions. The correlation between the change in tuition and the institutional aid variable was 0.103 at public comprehensive institutions and 0.188 at private not-for-profit comprehensive institutions, both of these small sized relationships.


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