ERIC Number: ED262694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Unmet Student Financial Need in the State of Washington: A Study of the "Need Gap."
Fenske, Robert; And Others
A study of unmet student financial need in Washington State was conducted by the Washington Council for Postsecondary Education. "Unmet need" is the difference between need and the total amount of aid received by the student through federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs, privately funded scholarships, and nonsubsidized student employment, both on- and off-campus. While the focus was a core group of full-time in-state undergraduates who completed the school year at the same institution, attention was also directed to those who did not complete the year at the same college. There were 20,768 students in the core group in 1983-1984 who had an annual per student average unmet need of about $2,500. An analysis of core group students with very high unmet need produced a profile that suggests that such a typical student is likely to be female, older than 24, enrolled in a community college, an independent student, have a low family income, and receive little or no parental support. Students at private colleges and community colleges had the greatest amounts of unmet need. Additional analysis divided the students into three categories: dependent, independent with no children, and independent students with children. Technical notes on data file creation and definitions are appended, along with a sample record layout worksheet. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Dependents, Financial Needs, Higher Education, In State Students, Self Supporting Students, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Costs, Student Employment, Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Students
Washington State Council for Postsecondary Education, 908 East Fifth Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Council for Postsecondary Education, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington