There is an increasing concern about the funding needs of higher education institutions. Many countries have reduced public spending without an equivalent increase in students’ scholarships and loans. Moreover, governments have allowed universities to increase their tuition fees. In this context, it is very relevant to analyze higher education financing schemes as well as the effects of tuition increases on both efficiency and equity. Thus, some factors should be considered, such as the impact of tuition fees on enrolment and graduation rates as well as on universities social composition.
Original research papers that cast some light on these issues, especially those from an economic perspective, will be brought together at the Workshop. Although the focus is set on empirical papers, theoretical studies are also welcome. The accepted papers (10) will be presented in plenary sessions that will complement the two keynote speakers’ presentations.