ERIC Number: ED222203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
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A Comparison between Traditional and Non-Traditional Students Receiving Financial Aid at John C. Calhoun State Community College.
Ratcliffe, Carl J.
In 1979-80, a study was conducted at John C. Calhoun State Community College to demonstrate the need for financial aid services to evening nontraditional students. Data were collected on a random sample of 66 traditional and 47 nontraditional students who received Basic Educational Opportunity Grants during the 1979-80 school year with respect to grade point average (GPA), sex, race, day or evening status, and types of high school diplomas received. Nontraditional students, who were defined as those over 25 years of age who had been away from an educational setting for at least 5 years, were expected to have significantly higher GPA's than traditional students. The study found no significant difference between the GPA's of traditional and nontraditional students and no significant difference between GPA's of day and evening students. While there were also no differences in GPA due to sex and time of attendance, white financial aid recipients had significantly higher GPA's than non-white recipients, and the grades of high school graduate students in the sample were significantly higher than those with high school equivalency diplomas from the General Educational Development (GED) Test. Based on these findings, it was recommended that financial aid services should be more accessible to evening students and that support services should be provided to financial aid recipients who are non-white or have GED diplomas to enhance their potential for success. (Author/KL)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Day Students, Ethnic Groups, Evening Students, Females, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, High School Equivalency Programs, Males, Nontraditional Students, Student Financial Aid, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, White Students
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
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