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ERIC Number: ED148241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Financial Aid and Student Enrollment: Appendix E. The Development of Institutions of Higher Education: Theory and Assessment of Impact of Four Possible Areas of Federal Intervention.
Jackson, Gregory A.
The results of an analysis of demand for higher education among the high school class of 1972 are summarized in this report. Addressed is the question "What impact might the expansion of federal financial aid programs around 1970 have had upon enrollment at all colleges (or at Title III colleges)?" The basic results of the demand analysis are that (1) socioeconomic background, academic achievement, and aspiration are the major determinants of high school graduates' postsecondary choices; (2) college characteristics appear to have little effect on these decisions once individuals have made their applications; (3) financial aid has an effect on individuals' decisions; and (4) it is the offer of aid rather than the amount of aid that is most important. From this and ancillary data the study concludes that expanded financial aid programs may have increased the likelihood individuals would attend college by between 0.3 and 2 percentage points. However, this effect was counteracted by other factors, as evidenced by the decrease in the overall enrollment rate among high school graduates in the period between 1968 and 1972. It is concluded that financial aid probably had minimal impact on enrollment at Title III colleges over this period, after controlling for the increased pool of potential students. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Choice, College Planning, Educational Demand, Enrollment Influences, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Statistical Data, Student Financial Aid, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budgeting, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title III