ERIC Number: ED174187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Student Aid on Recent College Graduates. ASHE Annual Meeting 1979 Paper.
Sanford, Timothy R.
This study is based on the assertion that it is not enough for student aid programs to facilitate attendance at, and even graduation from, a postsecondary institution because the very means used may have a negative impact on students who benefitted from such aid. While student aid may equalize college attendance across students, it may not promote equality of opportunity among college graduates. The National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 data base was used. Four areas in the college graduates' lives are examined in terms of their relationship to student aid received during college: (1) attending graduate or professional school; (2) choosing a job; (3) forming a family; and (4) forming personal values. Three basic types of aid (loans, grants, and work) are the student aid variables, categorized by the amount of aid received. The major conclusion reached is that the hypothesized negative impact of aid, and particularly loans, on college graduates does not exist. It is much less clear, however, whether or not aid has any impact at all on college graduates. Short-term effects only were considered. It was also found that of the three types of aid, grants appear to be most promising in encouraging graduates to further their education, and that self-help aid (borrowing and working) is not detrimental to the graduates' behaviors as studied here. (MSE)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Career Choice, College Choice, College Graduates, Conference Reports, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Graduate Study, Grants, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Professional Education, Student Educational Objectives, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Surveys, Values, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting 1979; National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, D.C., April 1979)