ERIC Number: ED369423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Financing Nontraditional Students: A Seminar Report.
Eaton, Judith, Ed.
On September 27, 1991, a seminar was held by faculty, administrators, and other higher education practitioners to discuss financial aid issues related to the almost 11 million nontraditional students in the nation's colleges and universities. This monograph describes those issues and presents four papers that formed the background to seminar discussions. First, an overview is provided, defining nontraditional students as those who are either part-time, older than 22, pursuing clock-hour rather than credit-hour instruction, independent of parents, or have not received a high school diploma or equivalent. This section also highlights the key issues addressed, including the failure of Title IV programs to serve all segments of the nontraditional population and strategies to more adequately meet the financial needs of these students. The bulk of the document presents the following background papers to the seminar: (1) "How the Nontraditional Student Finances Her Education," by Laurent Ross and Diane Hampton, describing the demographic and academic characteristics of the nation's nontraditional students and patterns of financing; (2) "Improving College Access for Needy Adults Under Existing Federal Programs," by Lawrence N. Gold, exploring areas in which aid programs could treat adult students more fairly and ways of removing obstacles to adult participation in college; (3) "Nontraditional Financing for Nontraditional Students," by Arthur M. Hampton, discussing the forms of assistance that would be most effective in helping different groups of nontraditional students; and (4) "The Financial Needs of Nontraditional Students: What We Know and What We Can Do," by Martin Kramer, proposing the creation of three categories of nontraditional students to help ensure fair treatment for all. (KP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Nontraditional Students, Program Improvement, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Two Year Colleges
Publications Department FNS, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036 ($10 prepaid).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.