Research in Higher Education

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 401–428

State Policy and the Affordability of Public Higher Education: The Influence of State Grants on Persistence in Indiana

  • Edward P. St. John
  • Shouping Hu
  • Jeff Weber

DOI: 10.1023/A:1011002808866

Cite this article as:
St. John, E.P., Hu, S. & Weber, J. Research in Higher Education (2001) 42: 401. doi:10.1023/A:1011002808866


The coordination of state finance strategies has been widely advocated as a means of maintaining affordability in public colleges and universities. This article examines the influence of state grants on equalizing opportunity for persistence among full-time resident students in Indiana's public system of higher education. The findings indicate that the state has maintained a commitment to a balanced approach to higher education finance, with increases in state grants that corresponded with tuition increases in the middle 1990s. This investment has been sufficient to equalize opportunity to persist.

finance policy states student aid 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward P. St. John
    • 1
  • Shouping Hu
    • 2
  • Jeff Weber
    • 3
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomington
  2. 2.Seton Hall UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Indiana Commission for Higher EducationUSA

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