ERIC Number: ED211022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-29
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Assessment of Unmet Student Financial Need.
Marks, Joseph L.
The extent to which there may be financial barriers to postsecondary attendance in Georgia was assessed. Attention was limited to in-state undergraduate students who applied for aid during the 1979-80 academic year on the basis of need and who received some form of aid. The findings are based on a sample of over 4,600 randomly selected student financial aid records (10 percent) from 129 institutions. Unmet financial need was calculated using the College Scholarship Service's uniform methodology. On the average, the financial aid available was inadequate to cover the estimated expenses of the students, with an average unmet need of $406 per student. The total array of financial aid programs was also found to be highly vulnerable to changes in federal financial aid policies in that 73 percent of all financial aid received by students in the sample was from federal sources. There appeared to be a maldistribution of student financial aid: aid was not, in many cases, going to the most needy. With one minor exception, recipients in every type of institution had unmet need. However, the level of unmet need was much greater in some sectors than in others. Furthermore, recipients with student/family incomes over $18,000 had, on the average, overmet need while recipients from lower income families had unmet financial need. In addition, blacks had noticeably higher unmet need than did whites, and part-time recipients had much higher unmet need than did full-time recipients. Recipients over 24 years old and women had higher unmet need than did younger and male recipients, respectively. A sample questionnaire is appended. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Age Differences, Educational Assessment, Family Income, Federal Aid, Financial Aid Applicants, Financial Needs, Full Time Students, Higher Education, In State Students, Institutional Research, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Part Time Students, Racial Differences, Resource Allocation, Sex Differences, State Surveys, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Governor's Committee on Postsecondary Education, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented to the Joint Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research and the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (Charlotte, NC, October 29-30, 1981). Some charts may not reproduce clearly because of faint print.