ERIC Number: ED263855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Implications of Redefining Independent Student Status. Program Report 85-10.
Hansen, W. Lee; And Others
The impact of changing the definition of independent student status on demand for student financial aid funds is assessed. The current definition of independent students is based on: the amount of money received from parents, living separate from parents, and not being claimed as a dependent on the parents' federal income tax form. Two proposals that include an age criterion have been offered by the American Council on Education (ACE) and The College Board (CB). The effects of new definitions of independent students are investigated using 1982-1983 data from California's Student Expenses and Resources Survey and national data on the average dollar amounts of student financial aid awards. Attention is directed to: the impact of defining all students age 22 and above as independent; additional ACE criteria for students under age 22; CB criteria for defining who is independent in the age 22-25 group; and the CB stipulation of classifying all students age 26 and over as independent. The effects of the proposals on the numbers of independent and dependent students qualifying for financial aid are illustrated by focusing on all students receiving need-based financial aid. The fiscal impact of these alternate definitions of independence is also projected. (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.