ERIC Number: ED430628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics and Outcomes of Financial Aid Students with a Focus on State Need Grant Recipients. Research Report No. 98-5.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.
This report describes 42,000 students attending community and technical colleges in Washington in 1995-96 who received need-based aid, including 29,000 aided students who received a state need grant. The need grant is intended to supplement other need based aid programs. The report compares student characteristics and student outcomes for non-aided and aided students including the need grant subset. Findings indicate that: (1) two of three aided students were the first in their family to attend college, with the typical student being an older, female, single parent and welfare recipient; (2) federal and state grants received by aided students met less than one-third of their estimated $8,955 in expenses (the need grant portion, $1,270 per award, met about 14 percent of need; (3) three-quarters of aided students were independent, meaning at least 24 years of age or otherwise not financially supported by parents; further, these students were 70% female and single parents; (4) dependent students comprised one-quarter of aided students and 18% of need grant students; (5) the main reason independent students attended college was for job training, while dependent students attended primarily for academic transfer; (6) a higher percentage of aided students earned vocational certificates and degrees than did non-aided students leaving vocational programs in 1995-96; (7) aided students attending for transfer had the same transfer rates as non-aided students; and (8) developmental education proved a sound investment for aided students, helping students perform college level work and persist in school. Contains 8 tables. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.