ERIC Number: ED263856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Is the Student Aid System Achieving Its Objectives? Evidence on Targeting and Attrition. Program Report 85-11.
Stampen, Jacob O.; Cabrera, Alberto F.
The equity and effectiveness of the student financial aid system are considered, as it applies to undergraduates attending public institutions. In addition to evaluating whether aid is targeted to students with the greatest financial needs, attention is directed to the relationship between the receipt of different types of financial aid and dropout rates. One data source is cross-sectional data on 10,200 randomly selected records of aid recipients (weighted to represent national totals) from a sample of public colleges and universities. Information is provided on average awards to students in three need categories for various types of federal, state, and institutional awards. The analysis is supplemented by data on nonaided students from four state-based student surveys of resources and expenditures (i.e., Arizona, California, New York, and Wisconsin). Longitudinal data on a random sample of University of Wisconsin System freshmen provides information on aid utilization during the first 3 years of undergraduate study (1979-1981). The following categories of aid are assessed: grants only, loans only, work-study only, grants and loans, grants and work-study, loans and work-study, and all three. The distribution of the various types of need-based aid to dependent and independent students and to students in four income groups is also considered. (SW)
Descriptors: Dependents, Federal Aid, Financial Needs, Grants, Higher Education, Income, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Self Supporting Students, State Aid, State Colleges, State Surveys, Student Attrition, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Undergraduate Students, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.