Planning for Higher Education Journal

Higher Education Costs Concepts, Measurement Issues, Data Sources, and Uses

From Volume 30 Number 3 | Spring 2002
By Dan Layzell, J. Kent Caruthers

Over the past decade, the escalating price for a college education has become a prominent concern among the American public, institutions of higher education, and state and federal governments. As a result, much effort has been expended in examining and seeking solutions to this complex problem, with a significant focus on the costs of delivering higher education. This article provides a basic overview of the concept of cost in higher education and related issues, discusses the major consumers of higher education cost data and their perspectives, outlines the major sources of data on higher education costs, and describes some of the major (and perennial) issues related to higher education costs.

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