ERIC Number: ED125475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Who Is the Independent Student? A Study of the Status and Resources of Independent Students.
College Entrance Examination Board, Washington, DC.
Several variables related to the independence of a student were identified and translated into alternative definitions, which were then tested against a data base collected by the College Entrance Examination Board. The study sample included 32,673 undergraduate students attending at least half time and was as representative as possible of the distribution of students attending two-year public, four-year public, and private (both two- and four-year.) institutions nationally. The mean age of the full-time independent student was 26.2 years, who generally comes from a family with lower income than dependent students. Financial implications of redefining the independent student were examined. It is concluded that policy changes that restrict the availability of grant assistance to independent students would not increase the equitable distribution of funds. The participants at present in the "less desirable" loan and employment programs at higher percentage rates have accumulated larger mean long-term debt amounts, work considerably more hours at term-time employment, and presumably use larger amounts of their personal earnings to support their educational programs. Changes that would further increase their reliance on less desirable forms of aid would not further induce greater equity at least in these areas. (LBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, Washington, DC.