ERIC Number: ED259660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Student Aid Programs in the West: Funding and Distribution.
Lenth, Charles S.
Ways in which student financial aid programs affect the distribution of resources within postsecondary education are examined. Attention is directed to: (1) funding trends in the major federal student aid programs since 1970-1971; (2) the distribution of total Pell Grant resources among sectors and programs of different lengths, (3) the distribution of Pell Grant resources to students in different states, and (4) state-funded programs that work with federal programs to provide supplementary need-based student grants. Fourteen states affiliated with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education are used to examine issues 3 and 4. Concerns that directly affect colleges and state systems are identified: increased federal support for need-based grants and reduction of directed assistance programs; sharp increases in student reliance on borrowing for college; the expansion of state roles in providing all types of student assistance; shifts in the distribution of total Pell Grant support from students in public institutions to students in proprietary programs, and from four- and two-year degree programs to shorter nondegree programs; and a growing disparity between total Pell Grant disbursements received by students in particular states and those states' proportions of total postsecondary enrollments and population. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Federal Aid, Federal State Relationship, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Private Colleges, Proprietary Schools, Public Policy, Resource Allocation, State Aid, State Colleges, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Drawer P, Boulder, CO 80302.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program