ERIC Number: ED220014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Trends in Financial Aid to Students Attending Independent Colleges and Universities.
Hodgkinson, Virginia; Thrift, Julianne Still
Trend data on federal financial aid to students attending private colleges and universities are reviewed, based on a 1981-1982 survey of student aid records from a national sample of aid recipients attending 122 independent schools with enrollments of more than 500 students. Findings include the following: of the approximately 1.8 million undergraduates enrolled at independent institutions, 999,000 (55.7 percent) received some form of financial aid. Although total undergraduate enrollment increased almost 2 percent between 1979-1980 and 1981-1982, the percentage of total undergraduate aid recipients dropped from almost 60 percent of total undergraduate enrollment in 1979-1989 to 56 percent in 1981-1982. The number of undergraduate students in these institutions receiving aid dropped by about 16 percent, which is counter to trends in public institutions. The number of dependent undergraduate aid recipients from families with incomes in the $6,000 to $24,000 range declined dramatically. In addition, there was a decline of almost 18 percent in the amount of Pell Grant funding to students attending independent institutions, and almost a 10 percent decrease in the number of Pell Grant recipients. There was a major increase in institutional need-based aid: the percentage of recipients increased from 45 percent in 1979-1980 to 55 percent in 1981-1982, and the average institutional award increased by 19 percent. The number of students participating in the Guaranteed Student Loan program during the 2-year period doubled, and the average loan increased by 27 percent. The proceeds of self-help efforts (loans, work, student savings) averaged 41.4 percent, an increase of over $1,000 per student over 1979-1980 levels. There also was an indication that minority participation declined in the 2-year span. (SW)
Descriptors: Dependents, Eligibility, Family Income, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Parent Financial Contribution, Private Colleges, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Students
National Institute of Independent Colleges and Universities, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 601, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Guaranteed Student Loan Program; Pell Grant Program