Poll: Most Americans Believe Schools Should Reduce Tuition and Fees to Make College More Affordable

Just about half of American adults surveyed believe the federal and state governments should provide more financial support for higher education, according to results of a recent Gallup and Lumina Foundation poll. Many more believe the burden of making college affordable should fall to higher education institutions, followed by employers.

Of the 1,009 Americans surveyed on ways to make higher education more affordable, 55 percent reported that they “agree” or “strongly agree” that the federal government should increase its financial support, and 51 percent said the same for state governments. 

A much larger group supported the idea that higher education institutions to cut their costs; 77 percent either “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that tuition and fees should be reduced. 

Those surveyed also report their own employers should be doing more to make education affordable. While 40 percent reported their employers currently offer some financial assistance for education, 68 percent said they “agree” or “strongly agree” that companies should provide more assistance to their employees.  

The poll was conducted between November 9, 2012 and December 4, 2012, and was incorporated into a report, “America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign.”


Publication Date: 5/3/2013

Stephen F | 5/3/2013 8:52:39 AM

I'm surprised that only 77% thought that higer education institutions should cut their costs. Most people will not say prices should go up on anything. I would like my cable bill and cell phone bill would be lower too. I'm just not sure what a pll like this is suppose to prove.

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