New study finds cost of post-secondary education per student is $16,000 in Arizona
Jan. 16, 2018
A study conducted by the Arizona Board of Regents and mandated by the Arizona legislature shows the cost of post-high school education per student is about $16,000.
The study was validated by a third party and will hopefully answer any question about the cost of education asked by policymakers, says President of the Arizona Board of Regents Eileen Klein.
Klein says the purpose of the study is to answer what it takes to effectively deliver education. The cost of paying faculty and other educational requirements were included, while additional needs like the cost of textbooks were left out.
Universities are public institutions so the study wasn’t designed for just the policymakers, but also the public, says Klein, who believes students should be able to have confidence in the numbers as well.
The release of the study comes at a time when the rising cost of education is a central point of controversy among lawmakers. General Mark Brnovich is currently suing the Arizona Board of Regents for violating the Arizona Constitution, which declares public education must remain “nearly as free as possible.”
Tution for attending a university in Arizona has been raised 320 percent in the last 15 years, a rise Brnovich says needs to be justified. Klein says the universities must remain competitive, but the reason the tuition has increased is due to the change of financial support from the state.
The Board of Regents is also being looked at for continuing to give students who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in-state tuition. Klein says the attorney general is suing Maricopa community colleges for offering this to DACA students. The Board has agreed to continue providing in-state tuition until the Supreme Court has made a decision.