Disparities in Tuition: A Study of Tuitions Assessed by Hispanic Serving Community Colleges versus Non-Hispanic Serving Community Colleges in Texas
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 7 No. 4 (2006): Vol-7-Issue-4-April-2006
With the shift of higher education funding from federal and state to the local level, community colleges’
choices to off set this funding deficit become few and difficult. One regrettable choice that is frequently
made is to increase tuition. This choice has largest finical impact on students of lower income with
many of these students coming from minority backgrounds.
Laden (2004) points out the Hispanic population is the largest minority group in the US and is expected
to increase and make a significant impact on the US educational system for years to come. Latinos
like the general population as a whole realizes that a high school education alone no longer offers
secure employment and financial security. The fact that the number of Hispanic students taking the ACT
has increase 40% since 2001 indicates that greater number Hispanic students are considering college
(Orchowski, 2005). About half of all Hispanic students attend Hispanic serving institutions and many of
those are community colleges (Dervarics, 2005). This impact of the Hispanic population and the role of
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS) remain largely unrecognized by federal and state educational
officials (Laden, 2001).