The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) reported on research by Robert Kelchen, a WISCAPE affiliate, finding that student fees are increasing faster than tuition at colleges and universities across the country.
Kelchen’s research also revealed that “an explicit cap on tuition increases is associated with higher student fees, 'suggesting that colleges will substitute between tuition and fee revenue as needed to balance their budgets.' "
“More attention should be paid to how student fees are set at both the institutional and state levels," wrote Kelchen, "particularly as some states have begun to restrict their grant aid programs from paying for fees."
Robert Kelchen is an assistant professor of education leadership, management, and policy at Seton Hall University.