ERIC Number: ED339307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Financial Aid Effect on the Matriculation Decision. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Healy, Patrick J.; Jellema, William W.
In order to examine the link between offering financial aid and a potential student's decision to attend a particular college, a case study of matriculation and financial aid offerings at a private, four-year liberal arts college in the northeast was undertaken. The study was prompted by a fourth straight year of significant decline in the college's number of entering students. The study focused on entering students for 1985 and 1986. In the course of these 2 years the college modified only one variable: a significant change in financial aid policy. T-tests on all subjects confirmed an acceptable level of homogeneity across the two pools. The 1985 group received awards averaging approximately 78 percent of their estimated need. The 1986 group received significantly higher levels of financial aid across the board and generally had 98 percent of their estimated need satisfied by their financial aid award in the form of institutional grants. Results indicated that the change in financial aid award sum and percent of estimated need for the 1986 group resulted in a significant increase in the rate of matriculation. Included are 3 tables and 15 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).