The Rural Tax in Online Education

For many institutions, their online tuition can be considerably more than their on-campus price.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, this creates an ethical question for rural students, for whom online education is their only true option.

While many assume online education costs less for the institution to provide, start-up costs as well as small class loads can make online education significantly more expensive than the traditional classroom.

The takeaway? While the supply and demand curves of higher education pricing are based on the costs of instruction and market demand, do we need to consider the ethical reality of the price we’re asking rural students to pay who have no other option?

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.