ERIC Number: ED282467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
College Choices of Academically Able Students: The Influence of No-Need Financial Aid and Other Factors. Research Monograph No. 10.
Chapman, Randall G.; Jackson, Rex
College preferences and choices of a sample of high-ability high school seniors applying to colleges in spring 1984 were studied to determine the award of no-need (merit) aid to the students and the degree to which such aid influences college choices, in relation to other factors. A multistage model of college choice behavior was employed that focuses on perception formation, preference judgment formation, and choice. The study is based on a national probability sample of 2,000 high-ability high school seniors who had taken the College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Students were contacted before and after the actual college choice decision. A total of 1,183 students who had applied to at least two colleges were surveyed by mail and interviewed. Sixty-four percent of these students, received at least one offer of financial aid. Results indicate that most colleges consider a student's academic ability in determining whether a student receives financial aid and the size of the aid package. Monetary factors were important to college choice; however, the primary determinant of college choice was perceived college quality. Appendices include information on the multinomial logit model, the mail questionnaire, and the interview schedule. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academically Gifted, College Applicants, College Choice, Decision Making, Enrollment Influences, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Merit Scholarships, Models, No Need Scholarships, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Financial Aid
College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.