Miles to go before I learn: The effect of travel distance on the mature person's choice of a community college

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dc.contributor.authorJepsen, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorMontgomery, Mark Elsevier Inc.en
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Urban Economicsen
dc.description.abstractThe substantial literature on access to higher education has a narrow focus: the effect of tuition on the enrollment decisions of 18-year-olds seeking bachelors degrees. But for non-traditional (i.e. older) students who tend to prefer community college, access is more about a school's location than about its tuition and fees. Using data on over 150,000 mature workers (aged 25 to 49) in the Greater Baltimore area, we analyze the impact of travel distance on community college enrollment decisions. We find that distance is a highly statistically significant factor in deciding whether to enroll in community college, and in which school to choose. Simulations of the model suggest that if the typical resident had to travel three additional miles from home to the nearest college, enrollment could drop by as much as 14%.en
dc.rightsThis is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Urban Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Urban Economics (Volume 65, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 64–73) DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2008.08.004 Elsevier Inc.en
dc.subjectHigher education
dc.subjectMature student
dc.titleMiles to go before I learn: The effect of travel distance on the mature person's choice of a community collegeen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
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