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State Higher Education Executive Officers

This report, "State Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance Policies for Public Colleges and Universities: 2010-11", examines the philosophies, policies, and procedures that influence decision-making regarding public college and university tuition, student fees, and student financial aid programs. This report also provides information related to general higher education affordability issues. The intent of this report is not to provide actual tuition costs, but to focus on the policies that establish those tuition, fees, and aid amounts. Other sources, including the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, the College Board, and the National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS data, make tuition rates and revenue publicly available. This report is the seventh in a series of updates by State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) on this topic. The "2010-11 State Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance Policies" survey was administered in late summer 2010 by the national association of SHEEO. State fiscal officers from each state were invited to respond to the survey. Forty-six responses from 45 states were received. This report provides a summary of the survey responses. Michigan and New Jersey both responded that they would not be participating in this round of the survey due to ongoing policy conversations in their state. Nevada, Rhode Island, and Washington did not respond. While reviewing the report, it is important to be mindful that there are nuances of the policy process that are impossible to capture in any single survey or report. The survey responses do not fully reflect the development of the policy process over time, the intensive behind the scenes work of institutional, state agency, and legislative staff, or the hours of public discourse that go hand in hand in setting tuition, student fees, and financial assistance levels in each state. The responses broadly highlight state policies (both formal and informal), similarities and differences across the states, and how environmental factors might influence changes in these policies. The survey responses also delineate the entities that have a formal role in tuition, student fees, and financial aid policies. Appended are: (1) List of Data Providers; and (2) State Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance Policies 2010-2011 Survey Instrument. (Contains 13 tables and 3 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Colleges, State Agencies, Student Financial Aid, Tuition, Fees, Educational Finance, Access to Education, Costs, Financial Support, Loan Repayment, Merit Scholarships, Enrollment, Educational Philosophy, Public Policy, In State Students, Place of Residence, State Aid, State Legislation, Tax Credits, Two Year Colleges, Local Government, Policy Formation, Grants, Educational Policy, Comparative Analysis, National Surveys, Federal Legislation

State Higher Education Executive Officers. 3035 Center Green Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301. Tel: 303-541-1600; Fax: 303-541-1639; e-mail: sheeo[at]; Web site:

Author: Bell, Allison C.; Carnahan, Julie; L-Orange, Hans P.


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