ERIC Number: ED421053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Related to College Enrollment. Final Report.
Akerhielm, Karen; Berger, Jacqueline; Hooker, Marianne; Wise, Donald
Using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, this study examined factors related to postsecondary education enrollment, focusing on the impact of early indicators and financial aid. Major findings of the report indicated the following: (1) a majority of students, 63 percent by 1994, attended some type of postsecondary institution; (2) most students attend public institutions (four-year or less); (3) Native Americans, Blacks, and Hispanics are least likely and Asians/Pacific Islanders most likely to attend postsecondary institutions; (4) postsecondary education increases with family income; (5) low-income students are less likely than higher income students to attend 4-year schools, even among high-test-score students; (6) students in the bottom income, top-test-score group are most likely to enter the armed forces; (7) nonfinancial reasons for not planning to attend postsecondary institutions are similar across the income spectrum, with students most likely to report taking time off before continuing their education; (8) educational expectations, academic preparation, course-taking behavior, and behaviors such as having children or using drugs influence postsecondary education attendance; (9) there is a relationship between parental attitudes, financial aid, and attendance at postsecondary institutions; and (10) predicted amounts of financial aid have no statistically significant effect on postsecondary enrollment. (Contains 34 references and appendix contains variable definitions.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Mathtech, Inc., Princeton, NJ.