ERIC Number: ED112804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Financial Aid and Student Persistence.
Astin, Alexander W.
The impact of financial aid in helping a student stay in college is examined from data collected in 1972 from students who entered college in 1968. The findings include: (1) Students, especially men, who rely on loans for support during college increase their chances of dropping out. (2) Students who rely on scholarships or grants increase their chances of completing college, but only slightly, while students relying on savings or the G.I. bill increase their chances of dropping out. (3) Participating in work-study programs increases chances of completing college, particularly among students from middle-income families. (4) Students who receive support for college expenses from their parents are more likely to complete their education. (5) Students who are married when they enter college have a good chance of completing their education if their spouses provide major financial support, but dropout chances are substantial if spouses provide no support or only minimal support. (6) Any type of financial aid administered alone is more effective than financial aid packages. (LBH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Dropouts, Educational Finance, Financial Needs, Financial Support, Higher Education, Married Students, Middle Class Parents, Scholarships, Student Behavior, Student Loan Programs, Tuition Grants, Work Study Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Research Inst., Inc., Los Angeles, CA.