Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Ken McCormick


Universities and colleges--Finance--Case studies; College costs--Case studies; Government aid to higher education--Case studies; University of Northern Iowa;


Higher education costs have skyrocketed in recent years, leaving millions of students in copious amounts of debt. Facing problems with decreased support from state legislators, universities have increased tuition and fees to compensate. At the same time, university spending, especially in non-academic programs and services, has continued to rise. A fight as emerged between states and the schools residing in them for who is to blame for the increasing cost of higher education, and in the middle of the debate are schools such as the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). A medium-sized school, UNI faces decreasing financial support from the state of Iowa, but like her sister institutions, UNI has also increased expenditures. This paper will take a wide view on the problems of higher education expenditures and revenues in order to compare national trends.

Year of Submission



Department of Economics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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