1st Edition

Student Financing of Higher Education
A Comparative Perspective

ISBN 9781138645417
Published April 11, 2016 by Routledge
288 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The financing of higher education is undergoing great change in many countries around the world. In recent years many countries are moving from a system where the costs of funding higher education are shouldered primarily by taxpayers, through government subsidies, to one where students pay a larger share of the costs. There are a number of factors driving these trends, including:

  1. • A push for massification of higher education, in the recognition that additional revenue streams are required above and beyond those funds available from governments in order to achieve higher participation rates
  2. • Macroeconomic factors, which lead to constraints on overall government revenues
  3. • Political factors, which manifest in demands for funding of over services, thus restricting the funding available for higher (tertiary) education
  4. • A concern that the returns to higher education accrue primarily to the individual, rather than to society, and thus students should bear more of the burden of paying for it

This volume will help to contribute to an understanding of how these trends occur in various countries and regions around the world, and the impact they have on higher education institutions, students, and society as a whole. With contributions for the UK, USA, South Africa and China this vital new book gives a truly global picture of the rapidly changing situation

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Donald E. Heller (The Pennsylvania State University) and Claire Callender (Institute of Education & Birkbeck University of London)

Section I: Cross-country Issues in Student Financing of Higher Education

2. Politics of Student Funding Policies from a Comparative Perspective Pamela Marcucci (Higher Education Strategy Associates)


3. Trends in Student Loans Schemes: A Global Perspective Adrian Ziderman (Bar Ilan University)



4. "Debtor Citizenship" – What Does Student Debt Feel Like? Jeffrey Williams (Carnegie Mellon University)

5. The Role of Information in Financial Aid Judith Scott-Clayton (Teachers College)

6. For-profit Higher Education and Student Fees Kevin Kinser (State University of New York at Albany)


7. The Funding of Part-time Students Claire Callender (Institute of Education & Birkbeck University of London)

Section II: Country Studies

8. Student Financing in the Developing World: Africa Pundy levy (University of the Witwatersrand)


9. Shifting Student Finance Amid Private Enrolment Growth: Asia in Global Perspective Daniel Levy (State U. of New York Albany) & Prachayani Praphamontripong (Asian Development Bank)

10. The Impact of Funding on Student Mobility: Evidence From the UK Rachel Brooks (Brunel U.) & Johanna Waters (U. of Birmingham)


11. Student Financing in China Po Yang (Peking University) & Baoyan Cheng (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)


12. Institutional Contributions to Financing Students in US Higher Education: Trends in General Subsidies Christopher Morphew (U. of Iowa) & Barrett Jay Taylor (U. of Georgia)

13. Conclusion Donald E. Heller (The Pennsylvania State University) and Claire Callender (Institute of Education & Birkbeck University of London)

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Donald E Heller is Professor of Education, Department of Education Policy Studies. Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education. At The Pennsylvania State University, College of Education

From Januray 2012 he will take up the role of Dean, College of Education. Michigan State University,

Claire Callender is Professor of Higher Education Studies, Institute of Education, University of London (UK)