twinkletoes16 wrote: RELIC wrote:
So the idea is to just make up a random percentage to increase tuition by?
If you mean:is LST making up a random percentage to increase tuition by?
No, it seems they're doing it based on general inflation rates and the trends from the past few years.are law schools making up random percentages to increase their tuition by?
Yes. Looking at UC law schools' tuition from even 5 years ago is a whole different world.
Here to address the questions about the LST data.
The two numbers on LST for cost are from 2011-2012 and reflect (a) tuition & fess and (b) indirect costs. I have documentation that shows that these numbers are correct.
But as you can see by visiting Berkeley's site
, tuition and fees are less
this year. Hard to believe, so I called Berkeley's communications director. She confirmed my numbers last year and explained the discrepancy.
In prior years, Berkeley included the health insurance fee under "Tuition and Fees." This year, they included it under "Cost of Living." This accounts for why it looks like tuition and fees went down. The reality is that tuition was flat this year. That's right, Berkeley did not raise tuition. (Okay, they raised it $8.) The school did not brag about this to the press because they realize it's not something to herald; the school is still very expensive.
As for our non-discounted cost of attendance number, we are actually pretty conservative. Across the board, we increase tuition by 3% each year and cost of living by 2%. Note: We're going to add more nuance to these increases this year once the ABA gets around to sending me the data I've requested.
In Berkeley's case, this means the estimates are going to be off by a bit because the school did not raise tuition. This is exceptionally rare -- in fact, if anybody can name another school that did this besides Akron (and they only reduced it for out-of-staters), I would love to know it.
You can view the terms we use for the N-D COA here: http://www.lstscorereports.com/?r=guides&show=9
You can also read about the methodology on any state report cost page (Ex. here
), the national cost page
, or in reform central