ERIC Number: ED263854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Student Earnings in Offsetting "Unmet Need." Program Report 85-9.
Hansen, W. Lee; And Others
The amount of earnings by dependent college students with unmet financial need was assessed in 1983-1984, along with the extent to which student earnings reduce or eliminate unmet need. Aggregated data on imbalances among costs, resources (including expected parent contributions and student earnings), and financial aid were examined for full-time undergraduates. The data, which were obtained from the Public Higher Education Student Aid Recipient Data Base, were weighted to reflect the number of aid recipients in public four-year institutions. The analysis included four income categories and distinguished between work-study earnings and earnings from other jobs. The findings show that the need-based financial aid system awarded relatively similar amounts of financial aid to students regardless of whether they augmented their resources through work. Students who did not work displayed substantial unmet need; those who worked had enough resources to finance their college expenses. Five recommendations are offered, including increasing the appropriation for work-study jobs, and incorporating actual or expected student earnings in the calculation of estimated financial need. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.