ERIC Number: ED162579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Effectiveness and Propriety of Merit-Based Scholarships.
Farago, Peter T.
As the pool of outstanding college bound students has declined, the use of merit scholarships has increased as a means of attracting high quality students. When Boston University began again in 1974 to use merit scholarships, it decided to analyze how well the awards serve their purpose. The study showed that they are effective in increasing attendance rates among needy students, but not effective in increasing attendance among those who have no financial need. Further, even among needy students the effect of the scholarships may be related to other factors such as the school offering the award and the student's academic quality. Given these findings and in light of the controversy surrounding the propriety of no-need scholarships, the widespread use of such awards seems to need further evaluation. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, College Bound Students, College Choice, Enrollment Influences, Financial Needs, High Achievement, Higher Education, Incentives, Institutional Research, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Private Colleges, Program Evaluation, Research Projects, Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Student Recruitment, Universities
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Boston University MA; No Need Scholarships
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeast Association for Institutional Research (October 1978)