ERIC Number: ED392374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Undergraduate Debt and Participation in Graduate Education: The Relationship between Educational Debt and Graduate School Aspirations, Applications, and Attendance among Students with a Pattern of Full-Time, Continuous Postsecondary Education.
Ekstrom, Ruth; And Others
This study explored the relationship between undergraduate educational loan indebtedness and graduate school aspirations, application, enrollment, and persistence, using data from the National Longitudinal Study of 1972 and from the 1980 and 1982 cohorts of the High School and Beyond study. The analysis was limited to full-time students who did not interrupt their postsecondary education. The results show that aspirations and application for graduate education were slightly higher for indebted than non-indebted college seniors in 1976 and 1984 and essentially equal for these two groups in 1986. Slightly more college graduates with educational debt than without enrolled in graduate or professional school in 1976 and 1984. Regression analysis showed little unique contribution of debt level to graduate aspirations, application, enrollment, and persistence after controlling for factors such as background and differences in undergraduate educational experience. The report is illustrated with 15 tables and 1 figure. (Contains 23 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972