ERIC Number: ED249875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Meeting the Costs of Attending College. A Staff Analysis of the Demographic Characteristics and Financial Circumstances of California Undergraduates. Commission Report 84-15.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Characteristics of students and their family/personal income was studied for each of the four segments of California higher education to determine how college costs were met. Data sources were the 1982-1983 Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS) and student data files. Major findings include the following: In 1982, more than 300,000 community college students came from families with incomes under $12,000, or were self-supporting students whose own income fell below that level; the 1982-1983 total average student expenses, including tuition and required fees, for financially dependent full-time undergraduates were $2,900 in the community colleges, $4,405 in the state university, $5,385 in the University of California, and $10,280 in private colleges; low-income students in all sectors were the most likely to receive grant assistance; the greatest immediate financial burden falls directly on the parents of financially dependent students rather than on the students themselves; and the major cost to students to attend a more expensive institution is the increased long-term indebtedness from loan obligations. Information is included on student credit load, age groups, ethnicity, marital status, and full- and part-time student status. Appendices include the SEARS questionnaire and a list of participating colleges. (SW)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Debt (Financial), Dependents, Family Income, Financial Needs, Full Time Students, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Parent Financial Contribution, Part Time Students, Private Colleges, Self Supporting Students, State Surveys, State Universities, Student Characteristics, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Students
California Postsecondary Education Commission, 1020 Twelfth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers: California; College Costs
Note: Appended questionnaire may not reproduce well due to small print.