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Public Colleges Charge Differently For Different Majors

Via the Chronicle, public colleges across the country are charging different amounts for different majors:

Some form of differential tuition, or tuition that varies by academic program, is charged at 143 public colleges, according to a new report from the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute. The proportion of colleges offering differential tuition is highest—41 percent—among doctoral institutions, the report says, and the majors most likely to assess differential charges are nursing, business, and engineering.

CU has been either fighting or stonewalling for years an accounting of how much an undergraduate education costs to deliver.  One of the excuses offered by an apologist – although to the best of my knowledge, not the university itself – is that different majors have different costs.  At least some public colleges are able to account for this, at least well enough to charge for it.

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