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Changes in Tuition Policy: Natural Policy Experiments in Five Countries

Canada Millenium Scholarship Foundation (2004)


This international study reviewed tuition and fee policy changes and strategies in five countries and nine jurisdictions. The purpose of the review was to gain insight into the impact of various tuition policies around the world in terms of enrollment, participation, and tuition pricing. Therefore, EPI collected and analyzed data on fees, enrollment, public post-secondary expenditures, and post-secondary participation rates from each jurisdiction. To the extent possible, data preceding and following the policy changes were collected in an attempt to define the trend. A case study methodology was used to illustrate the impact of tuition policy on enrollment however freezing, reducing, or introducing tuition fees could not be predictably linked to enrollment trends.