College Choices: The Economics of Where to Go, When to Go, and How to Pay for It / Edition 1

College Choices: The Economics of Where to Go, When to Go, and How to Pay for It / Edition 1

by Caroline M. Hoxby
     
 


Aspiring college students and their families have many options. A student can attend an in-state or an out-of-state school, a public or private college, a two-year community college program or a four-year university program. Students can attend full-time and have a bachelor of arts degree by the age of twenty-three or mix college and work, progressing toward a… See more details below

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Aspiring college students and their families have many options. A student can attend an in-state or an out-of-state school, a public or private college, a two-year community college program or a four-year university program. Students can attend full-time and have a bachelor of arts degree by the age of twenty-three or mix college and work, progressing toward a degree more slowly. To make matters more complicated, the array of financial aid available is more complex than ever. Students and their families must weigh federal grants, state merit scholarships, college tax credits, and college savings accounts, just to name a few.

In College Choices, Caroline Hoxby and a distinguished group of economists show how students and their families really make college decisions—how they respond to financial aid options, how peer relationships figure in the decision-making process, and even whether they need mentoring to get through the admissions process. Students of all sorts are considered—from poor students, who may struggle with applications and whether to continue on to college, to high aptitude students who are offered "free rides" at elite schools. College Choices utilizes the best methods and latest data to analyze the college decision-making process, while explaining how changes in aid and admissions practices inform those decisions as well.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226355351
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
NBER Conference Report Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Caroline M. Hoxby is a professor of economics at Harvard University. She is also director of the Economics of Education Program for the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution. She is the editor of the recent NBER volume The Economics of School Choice.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction - Caroline M. Hoxby

1. Going to College and Finishing College: Explaining Different Educational Outcomes - Sarah E. Turner
Comment: Christopher Taber
2. The New Merit Aid - Susan Dynarski
Comment: Charles Clotfelter
3. The Impact of Federal Tax Credits for Higher Education Expenses - Bridget Terry Long
Comment: Michael McPherson
4. Education Savings Incentives and Household Saving: Evidence from the 2000 TIAA-CREF Survey of Participant Finances - Jennifer Ma
Comment: Harvey S. Rosen
5. How Financial Aid Affects Persistence - Eric Bettinger
Comment: Jonathan Guryan
6. Do and Should Financial Aid Packages Affect Students' College Choices? - Christopher Avery and Caroline M. Hoxby
Comment: Michael Rothschild
7. Resident and Nonresident Tuition and Enrollment at Flagship State Universities - Michael J. Rizzo and Ronald G. Ehrenberg
Comment: Michelle J. White
8. Student Perceptions of College Opportunities: The Boston COACH Program - Christopher Avery and Thomas J. Kane
Comment: Bruce Sacerdote
9. Peer Effects in Higher Education - Gordon C. Winston and David J. Zimmerman
Comment: Thomas S. Dee
Contributors
Author Index
Subject Index

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