ERIC Number: ED263857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Growth of Independent Students and the Incentive to Become Independent. Program Report 85-12.
Hansen, W. Lee
Reasons for the increasing numbers of independent college students are considered, with attention to the provision for independent students in the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (Pell) program. The availability of grants to independent students may have two consequences: college students under age 22 with access to parental resources might take steps to gain independent status; and individuals over 25 who have not attended college might enter higher education. In classifying independent students, California examines the students' situation in the current and 3 preceding years, in contrast to information on only the current and prior year that is used by the federal government to determine eligibility for Pell grants. The extent that enrolled students shift from dependent to independent status is assessed, based on data from the California Survey of Student Expenditures and Resources for 1979-1983, and longitudinal data for freshmen entering the University of Wisconsin System in fall 1979. Based on the limited available evidence, it is concluded that the incentives for students under age 25 to change their status are not that substantial. Reasons for the growth of students over age 25 need to be explored. (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.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program