The Impact of Tuition Increases on Undocumented College Students&Apos; Attainment

53 Pages Posted: 11 May 2015 Last revised: 2 Apr 2021

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Dylan Conger

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy

Lesley J. Turner

Columbia University

Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

We examine the impact of a temporary price shock on the attainment of undocumented college students enrolled in a large urban college system. In spring 2002, the City University of New York reversed its policy of charging in-state tuition to undocumented students. By fall 2002, the state legislature restored in-state rates. Using a differences-in-differences identification strategy, we estimate impacts on reenrollment, credits, grades, and degree completion. The price shock led to an immediate 8 percent decrease in senior college students' enrollment. Senior college students who entered college the semester prior to the price shock experienced lasting reductions in attainment, including a 22 percent decrease in degree receipt. Conversely, among senior college students who been enrolled for at least a year, the price shock only affected the timing of exit.

Suggested Citation

Conger, Dylan and Turner, Lesley J., The Impact of Tuition Increases on Undocumented College Students&Apos; Attainment (April 2015). NBER Working Paper No. w21135, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2604818

Dylan Conger (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy ( email )

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Lesley J. Turner

Columbia University ( email )

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