ERIC Number: ED377265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Financial Aid to Low-Income College Students: Its History and Prospects.
Baum, Sandra R.
After briefly sketching the history of federal aid programs for higher education, this paper employs the conceptual framework of fairness theory to analyze the extent to which financial limitations appear now to prevent high school seniors from attaining a college education. Using data from the High School and Beyond longitudinal study, this study finds that ability, measured by an achievement test administered as part of the survey, is a stronger determinant of entrance into and completion of a college education than is income. As past research indicated, socioeconomic status plays a strong role in promoting college education, but this paper concludes that income alone is not a major factor in limiting the pursuit of higher education. (Contains 23 references and 12 tables.) (Author)
Descriptors: Ability, Academic Achievement, Access to Education, College Students, Educational Attainment, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Trends, Family Income, Federal Aid, Government Role, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Outcomes of Education, Socioeconomic Status, Student Financial Aid
Institute for Research on Poverty, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.