"Aid-eligible institutions raise tuitions to maximize aid."  That ought not come as much of a surprise to anyone who has studied economics, although a recent NBER working paper by Stephanie Riegg Cellini and Claudia Goldin might add some institutional heft to the argument.
The authors only examined programs that award associate's degrees and nondegree certificates in fields including business, computer sciences and cosmetology. They didn't look at tuition charged for bachelor's degrees or at public and private nonprofit universities, which together educate roughly 90% of postsecondary students.
That's a topic for future research, as the non-profits are a more heterogeneous sample to evaluate. And it's heartening to see Professor Goldin, who made her Wisconsin teaching debut having to put up with me and a few friends in her class continuing to investigate topics of national import.

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