Who Pays for High Education? Changing Patterns in Cost, Price, and Subsidies

Date of Publication: 
Friday, January 2, 2009

To understand why tuitions are increasing at institutions of higher education, policymakers need to look at the relationships between cost, price, and subsidy. This brief explains how to understand those relationships, what the trend data show at a national level, places to go for more information, and questions to ask.