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University tuition and persistence: An inter-provincial comparison

TitleUniversity tuition and persistence: An inter-provincial comparison
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsJohnson, D.
Document Number2008-5
Date PublishedJuly
InstitutionThe MESA Project
CityToronto, ON

The Youth In Transition Survey allows identification of a series of decision points where youth already in university decide whether to continue in university or exit without graduating. This is a specific aspect of university participation. There is little evidence that either a higher level of tuition or a change in tuition alters the probability that a Canadian youth, once in university, leaves university without obtaining their degree. Thus any policy effort around university persistence for youth should focus on non-tuition factors, and the debate around the appropriate level of tuition in Canadian provinces should not focus on the interaction of tuition and persistence.

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