Tuition Fees and Academic Decisions: Unpacking the Impact on the Students of Tehran University's Management Faculties

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Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran



The upcoming research has been compiled to evaluate the effects of tuition fees on the academic decisions of Tehran University Management Faculties students. In this descriptive research, the statistical population consists of all master's and Ph.D. students of the management faculties of Tehran University in the last five years (2015-2020). Data were analyzed using the natural experiment method. Two different statistical models were fitted. In the first model, the independent variable (the type of course for tuition payers) was significant in deciding to drop out, while the independent variable (year) was significant in deciding to take a leave of absence. In the second statistical model, independent variables (age, GPA, and degree) were significant for the academic decision to drop out, and the independent variable (year) was significant for the academic decision to leave. Among the affecting variables, the type of the tuition-paying course was variable in such a way that the ratio of the probability of the academic decision to drop out for tuition-paying students was almost twice the ratio of the academic decision to drop out for non-tuition students in the management faculties of the University of Tehran.


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