ERIC Number: ED280355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
The Effects of Grants on College Persistence. OERI Bulletin.
The relationship between college persistence and the receipt of grant aid was studied with full-time students at public and private four-year institutions, based on data from the High School and Beyond (HS&B) study. Two measures of persistence were considered: (1) the percent of students who dropped out during the year and (2) for students who successfully persisted the previous year, the percent who returned to the same school to continue their studies. To control for differences in persistence rates for lower income families, the analyses included adjustments for family income levels. To estimate the effects of grants on college dropout rates, four groups of students were compared: students who received no grants, students who received any type of grant in any amount, students who received Pell grants in any amount, and students who received grant aid totaling at least one-half of tuition costs. In seven of eight comparisons, the "no grant" group dropped out during the year at higher rates than the "big grant" group. In public institutions, students who received some grant aid dropped out at lower rates than students who did not receive any grants during their first 3 years of college. Information on the research methodology is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.