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Tuition and Fees, Higher Education

The terms tuition, college costs, and expenditures per student are often used interchangeably, but this is not accurate. This entry begins with more precise definitions for these terms as well as of two other often confused terms: net tuition and tuition discount rates. With the definitions established, the entry discusses why tuition levels in both public and private higher education have risen at rates far above the rate of inflation in the United States over the past 30 years, why net tuition levels have increased at slower rates and, in some sectors, have fallen for some students, and how various categories of expenditures per student have changed in recent years. The entry concludes with a discussion about the changes that are occurring that may dramatically ...

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