Part-time Student Price Penalty

There’s a price penalty for part-time students in higher ed.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, many colleges still retain “plateau tuition” policies, meaning that a student taking 18 credit hours a semester pays no more than a student taking 12 credit hours.

These policies are designed to encourage full-time enrollment and help students graduate faster. But with nontraditional students now the majority student block, Southern Utah University president Scott Wyatt sees this as an equity issue – that the very students most in need of higher education – those working full-time – are having to pay a premium compared to a full-time traditional student.

The takeaway? Is it time to revisit our pricing strategy economics, and make sure we’re not only incentivizing wisely but equitably?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.