Yes, Government Aid Drives Up Tuition

In the recent op-ed Why Does Tuition Go Up? Because Taxpayer Support Goes Down in The Chronicle of Higher Education, author Gary Fethke's argues that "rising tuition is the obvious consequence of declining state appropriations..." and that "Students are required to pay more because taxpayers are paying less--it's that simple."

Though it’s an enjoyable read, I disagree with Fethke’s main point because the data doesn't support this conclusion.

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