ERIC Number: ED158791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of State and Federal Aid Awards on Persistence, Academic Success and Chances for Graduation Among Freshmen Enrolling at North Greenville College in Fall, 1975.
Silver, Jane H.
In order to determine whether awarding state and federal financial aid to students had a positive effect on student persistence, grade point averages (GPA) and chances of graduating, this study was conducted at North Greenville College (South Carolina). The 252 first-time, full-time freshmen who entered the college in fall 1975 were divided into aid recipients (58.3%) and non-recipients (41.7%); those receiving aid were further divided according to amount received: under $1,000, $1,000 to $1,999, $2,000 to $2,999, $3,000 to $3,999, and $4,000 or more. There appeared to be a positive correlation between receipt of financial aid and the students' persistence and graduation rate. A total of 77.9% of the aid recipients graduated as compared to 22.1% of those receiving no aid; awards of larger amounts of aid, though not over $4,000, were effective in producing more graduates. Larger amounts of aid did not appear to result in higher GPAs; the most effective amount of aid in this area was $1,000 to $1,999. Resulting recommendations included: aid packages of between $3,000 and $3,999, the increase of financial aid staff, and the revision of the current financial aid policy. (Author/AYC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina