ERIC Number: ED342303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-13
Reference Count: N/A
"Nontraditional" Students Attending Postsecondary Institutions. CRS Report for Congress.
Apling, Richard N.
This report examines "non-traditional" students in higher education and their characteristics, the types of institutions they attend, and their participation in federal student aid programs. Using data from the "National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey of 1986" the study compares five groups of "non-traditional" students with data for all undergraduates and for "traditional" students. The five groups of "non-traditional" students include students who are independent of their parents' support, part-time students, "older" students (24 years and older), students without high school diplomas, and students who are single parents. Highlights of the report's findings indicate that there is considerable overlap between categories of "nontraditional" students; that 81 percent of single-parent students are women, 42 percent are members of minority groups, and 71 percent have incomes below $15,000; that independent students overall tend to have lower family incomes compared with dependent students; that "nontraditional" students are most likely to attend public community colleges (63 percent of part-time students are enrolled at community colleges), and that "nontraditional" students participate at different rates in federal student aid programs (i.e., one-third of independent students receive some Title IV aid while 12 percent of part-time students receive Title IV aid). Included are 6 tables and 15 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Students, Community Colleges, Dependents, Dropouts, Economically Disadvantaged, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Students, One Parent Family, Part Time Students, Public Colleges, Reentry Students, Self Supporting Students, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title IV