Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Examining the Mandatory (and Additional) Financial Burden of Postsecondary Education

Black, V.G., & Taylor, Z.W. (2018) Everything’s bigger in Texas: Examining the mandatory and optional financial burdens facing postsecondary students in Texas. Texas Education Review, 6(2), 2-17

16 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2019

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V. G. Black

Texas State University

ZW Taylor

Texas State University; The University of Texas at Austin

Date Written: January 15, 2018

Abstract

Student fees remain an under-researched aspect of postsecondary education and finance (Kelchen, 2016). This study examines the mandatory and additional fees charged to full-time, in-state undergraduate students by public and private not-for-profit four-year institutions in Texas (n=96). Findings demonstrate the average four-year institution in Texas charges over $1,500 per academic year in mandatory fees, $500 higher than the national average. Moreover, private institutions charge an average of $1,100 less than publics, while fees comprise 6.8% of the total cost of attendance at private and 29.1% at publics. Institutions of higher education compose fee explanations above the 12th-grade reading level and only 5.2% of the sample provided fee explanations in a language other than English, thus further marginalizing non-English speaking language populations in Texas. Implications for policy makers, practitioners, and future research are addressed.

Keywords: higher education, student fees, student financial aid, postsecondary education, college students

Suggested Citation

Black, V. G. and Taylor, ZW, Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Examining the Mandatory (and Additional) Financial Burden of Postsecondary Education (January 15, 2018). Black, V.G., & Taylor, Z.W. (2018) Everything’s bigger in Texas: Examining the mandatory and optional financial burdens facing postsecondary students in Texas. Texas Education Review, 6(2), 2-17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3404544

V. G. Black

Texas State University

TX
United States

ZW Taylor (Contact Author)

Texas State University ( email )

1230 North LBJ Dr
Apt 528
San Marcos, TX 78666
United States

The University of Texas at Austin ( email )

TX
United States

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