ERIC Number: ED245583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Merit and No-Need: The Debate over Scholarships.
Haines, Richard W.
Reasons for opposing no-need scholarships are suggested. When offered by institutions, the purposes of no-need scholarships are to lure strong students away from other institutions and to enlarge the applicant group. When offered by government, the purposes may be political or ideological, or both. Eight reasons for opposing no-need scholarships are identified. First, these scholarships offered by institutions erode the principle that, when possible, students should select colleges on the basis of educational considerations. Second, no-need scholarships ignore the principle that the limited funds available for financial aid should support college attendance by qualified students who could not otherwise afford to enroll. The third reason is that no-need scholarships reject the principle that college education should be made available to qualified students of all socioeconomic levels. Fourth, no-need scholarships, when labeled as "academic merit" prizes, weaken the principle that academic achievement should be its own reward. The fifth reason for opposing no-need scholarships is that such scholarships contradict policy statements of the major needs analysis services, and most state and federal financial aid programs. Sixth, no-need scholarships damage the image of higher education by encouraging "bidding wars" and other excesses in student recruitment. The seventh and eighth reasons for opposing no-need scholarships involve the integrity of higher education as a whole and the fact that such scholarships are not economically viable in the long run. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the American Association for Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 14-16, 1984).