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The Virginia legislature has imposed a four-year freeze on tuition for all colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). This paper suggests that freezing tuition rates can only be a temporary fix in the search to find ways to fund education. The paper examines the effects of stable or lowered tuition rates in community colleges: will the value of community college education be devalued in the eyes of society because of its low cost or will low tuition cheapen the value of a community college degree? Because there has been a decline in the availability of federal funding for tuition, state and local governments have been forced to share the burden of subsidizing tuition. The State Council on Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) will review the results of a one-year pilot study of five public colleges. Both VCCS and SCHEV are attempting to create models for community college funding at the local level. Though there is general agreement that tuition must rise, there is no consensus regarding who must pay, or how to pay. This paper also analyzes the plausibility of Performance Based Incentives (PBI) for tuition funding. The question remains, what drives PBI's--quality, efficiency, or equity? The paper concludes that federal tuition dollars must increase, while including a need- and merit-based component to maintain access. (NB)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Government School Relationship, Performance Based Assessment, State Aid, Tuition, Two Year Colleges











Author: LaBeouf, Joanne P.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5964&id=ED453865







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