ERIC Number: ED212213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Initial Impact of the Middle Income Student Assistance Act upon Undergraduate Student Aid Recipients at Independent Colleges and Universities.
Hodgkinson, Virginia Ann
Public Policy Monograph Series, v3 n1 Jun 1981
The initial impact of the Middle Income Student Assistance Act (MISAA) was analyzed by comparing student aid recipients and student aid packaging before and after the passage of the Act. Student aid records from a national sample of aid recipients attending independent colleges and universities from 1978-79 through 1979-80 were assessed. In 1979-80, the total undergraduate student aid recipients at independent schools increased by nine percent from approximately 958,000 in 1978-79 to 1.05 million in 1979-80. The major impact of the MISAA was to distribute more equitably the responsibility for financing higher education among parents, students, and society. Expected parental contributions were reduced across all incomes. More grant aid, primarily Pell Grants, was provided to lower and middle income families up to $24,000. Students from families with incomes above $24,000 received more work and loans, and students from lower incomes had more work aid and their loan burden was reduced. Those students from families with incomes from $12,000 to $24,000 who had the highest burden of self-help in 1978-79 had their burden reduced somewhat, while those students from higher income families had their self-help requirements increased. The result was that all students, except those in the lowest income range, were responsible for 30 to 33 percent of their total educational costs. Additionally, a more equitable distribution of the packaging of aid among families, grant aid, work-study, and loans was achieved. Sample questionnaires are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Family Income, Federal Legislation, Grants, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Middle Class Students, National Surveys, Parent Financial Contribution, Private Colleges, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Students, Work Study Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Middle Income Student Assistance Act; Pell Grant Program