ERIC Number: ED203783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of Non-Direct Student Expenses at a Public University.
Corvin, Thimothy G.; McIver, Donald C.
A 1980 study conducted at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University sought to determine if the student expense budgets used by the financial aid office were congruent with the actual costs reported by its students and whether the use of secondary sources and national expense averages was a reliable method to use in budget construction. Of the 1,025 expense budget questionnaires mailed to a sample of sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate students, 476 respondents from off-campus households were analyzed. It was found that the undergraduate nondirect budget items underestimated the student's cost in every category except miscellaneous expenses, which represented an overall underestimation of nondirect expenses by $439 or 16 percent. Furthermore, this disparity was greater for undergraduate students than for graduate students. A list of undergraduate and graduate monthly expenses for the following 13 items is included: housing, utilities, food, household supplies, medical insurance, medical and dental, clothing, entertainment, car insurance, car payment, car gas and oil, car maintenance, books and supplies. It is concluded that the indirect costs of attending a particular college may be different from those obtained from national and state averages. It is suggested that additional research is needed on student households including more than one member. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State Univ