Aspects of fiscal federalism in higher education cost sharing in Latvia

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This case study explores devolution of low-income student subsidies, via the national student loans program, from the central to local governments in Latvia by means of decentralizing political and financial responsibility to provide public assistance to low-income students in obtaining funds for higher education. It describes municipal engagement in providing primary loan guarantees and in assuming full risk for low-income student loans. This article argues that although there are venues for local governments to support low-income students' access to higher education, the central government should sponsor this policy politically as well as financially.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-100
Number of pages15
JournalPeabody Journal of Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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