A Failing Grade: “High-Tuition/High-Aid”

*At the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, student demographics have changed significantly since the university switched to high-tuition/high-aid, trending toward fewer low-income students and under- representation of minority students.

*The University of Miami-Ohio saw sticker shock in action one year after switching to a high- tuition/high-aid model in 2004. The school experienced a record 13% drop in in-state and 10% drop in out-of-state enrollment, with the decreases coming disproportionately from “highest need” students.7

*The University of Washington would be under even greater strain to provide aid than any of the high- tuition/high-aid precedents like Michigan, Miami-Ohio, and Vermont (where the high-tuition/high-aid model was pioneered), because the UW has a much larger share of low-income students to serve. The UW has a Pell Grant recipient rate of 25% — nearly twice the University of Michigan’s rate of 13%.8

*In 2006, the University of California schools decided against switching to a high-tuition/high-aid model. Administrators and policymakers realized that under such a model, they would be unable to fulfill their pledge to serve a socioeconomically and racially diverse population without huge sacrifices in educational quality. Instead, Governor Schwarzenegger approved a state buyout of the proposed tuition increases to make up for the lost revenue to the schools.


Source: http://library.providence.edu/fhertr/index.php/2017/02/02/a-failing-grade-high-tuitionhigh-aid/