ERIC Number: ED192690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Interaction of Public Assistance and Student Financial Aid.
Mudrick, Nancy R.
The interaction of public assistance and student aid is examined, and the effects of these uncoordinated yet overlapping programs on individuals enrolling in postsecondary education programs are assessed. Focus is on the major financial support program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), and the most important student aid program, Basic Educational Opportunity Grants (BEOG). The ways in which aid is distributed under these programs is reviewed, and how receipt of aid from one source can reduce a family's support from another is pointed out. The exact outcome of this interaction is found to vary by state because of differences in each state's treatment of student aid in determining eligibility for public assistance. However, the net effect of BEOG awards is likely to be a reduction in the resources available to support the family, even when the student receives enough student aid to cover all direct and indirect educational expenses. In addition to these financial effects and their possible disincentives to college enrollment, the complex and uncoordinated systems of public assistance and student aid also hinder postsecondary planning. A number of changes in the programs are suggested, including uniform nationwide ADFC rules for treating student aid, making 18 to 21-year-old students independent of their families for student aid and AFDC purposes, ending AFDC policy of treating student aid funds differently according to their source, and providing better information to public assistance and student aid administrators about each others' programs and problems. (MSE)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Students, Eligibility, Family Income, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, State Action, State Programs, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
College Board Publication Orders, Box 28l5, Princeton, NJ 08541 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Basic Educational Opportunity Grants