Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Committee Member

Christopher Stream, Chair

Number of Pages



In May 2009, six students enrolled in a graduate level policy analysis course at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas engaged in discussion concerning the effects of recent trends in the financing of higher education within the State of Nevada. This discussion was further narrowed down to the effects of tuition revenues. To what extent the University of Nevada-Las Vegas exercises control of their individual tuition revenues (how tuition revenues are expended and/or invested), and the amount of tuition revenues retained (to be expended and/or invested to maintain institutional operations) became the basis of this paper. While comparing the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to 13 out of its 25 peer institutions, this tuition exploration includes the analyses of the structure & governance of tuition, state tax appropriations, in-state versus out-of-state tuition, and financial aid. Moreover, this paper may provide a foundation for possible future long term policy recommendations to the faculty at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas located in the Public Administration Department, as well as the Nevada System for Higher Education (NSHE).


College costs; Tuition; Universities and colleges — Finance; University of Nevada; Las Vegas


Education Policy | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Administration | Public Policy

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




Appendixes attached

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Appendices.pdf (269 kB)
AppendixA.pdf (7018 kB)
AppendixC.pdf (6194 kB)
AppendixD.pdf (4102 kB)
AppendixF.pdf (6123 kB)


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