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ERIC Number: ED391416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 43
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Destiny Challenged: Cost and Choice Factors Related to Low Income Student Matriculation at a Private Institution. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Eyermann, Therese S.
This paper examines some of the factors that affect the college choice of students from low-income families, specifically as it relates to college costs, and presents the results of a qualitative study on the factors that motivated the college attendance and choice of eight students from low-income families enrolled at a small, moderately selective Christian liberal arts college. In-depth interviews with the eight students revealed that there was a predisposition to attend college through either being told from an early age that they would go or experiencing a critical incident which crystallized the importance of college attendance. Students tended to choose the institution they attended due to its small size and friendly, home-like atmosphere. The majority of the students interviewed did not rely on their parents for any significant financial support, and were worried about the costs involved in attending a private college where tuition approached $13,000 per year. All of the students relied on grants, loans, and/or part-time employment to cover their educational expenses. Other factors affecting college choice, such as peer and parent influence and prior knowledge of the college, were also explored. (Contains 25 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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