ERIC Number: ED035389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Does Financial Aid Help? A Study of the Effectiveness of Financial Assistance to Students at Harrisburg Area Community College.
Snyder, Fred A.; Klein, Ruth B.
Certain forms of financial aid were studied to determine the academic and personal background of the recipients and if the aid promoted college attendance, academic achievement, and personal development. The subjects were full-time and received scholarships or grants awarded specifically to low-income students; those with other forms of aid were excluded. The recipient group contained 57 men and 51 women; the control group, 45 men and 40 women. The questions were: do recipients earn better grades? if so, is it because of academic ability? do they have fewer academic suspensions? do they remain enrolled longer? do they have a higher graduation rate? do they earn more credits in two years? The groups were similar in age, marital status, and mother's education; they differed in ACT scores, family income, father's education, and number of dependents in family. Half the recipients said they probably could not and a quarter said they certainly could not have attended college without the aid. They ranked their direct benefits as: more years of college, more time for study, full-time schedule, better grades, less part-time work, time for other activities. They also felt a special obligation from receiving the aid. Recipients made higher grades (also related to ACT scores), had fewer academic suspensions, had a higher graduation rate, earned more credits, and more remained enrolled. A few differences were found between the men and women. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Harrisburg Area Community Coll., PA.