ERIC Number: ED260673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
How Low-Income Families Pay for College.
Miller, Scott E.; Hexter, Holly
The ways low-income families pay for college are examined, based on a national survey of student aid recipients, especially traditional undergraduate dependent students. Information is provided on the mix between loans, grants, work, and family contribution, as well as the relationship between federal, state, and college-sponsored aid. Examples of typical financial aid packages for students attending high, low, and moderately priced institutions are included. Findings indicate that: federal student aid provides a foundation of support for low-income families; other federal aid programs fill in the gap for only half of low-income students attending private colleges; students need a mix of aid sources in order to meet college costs, yet still fall short of meeting all their costs. It is concluded that low-income families need additional help in paying for college. Appendices provide data on: the number and proportion of aid recipients receiving financial aid by income level ($0-$7,499 and $7,500-$15,000), type of aid, and type of institution (public/private); common aid packages of low-income students; and the number and proportion of aid recipients receiving different combinations of aid. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Dependents, Family Income, Federal Aid, Grants, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, National Surveys, Parent Financial Contribution, Private Colleges, State Aid, State Colleges, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Undergraduate Students, Work Study Programs
American Council on Education, Division of Policy Analysis and Research, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1193 ($8.00 each, ($8.00 nonmembers; $5.00 members).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Teagle Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.