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NASFAA reports on study by Kelchen: student fees increasing faster than tuition

June 17, 2016

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.

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