Resourcing the Part-Time Student: Rethinking the Use of FTEs in Higher Education Budgets

Government resources, at both the federal and state level, supporting the education of college students are distributed based on a formula that reduces some students to less-than-a-whole-human beings by aggregating part-time students into full-time equivalents (FTE). The underlying assumption is that the nation’s more than six million part-time students require less money to educate, and need less money with which to live. This brief examines those assumptions.