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ERIC Number: ED433791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-2
Pages: 23
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Relationship of Financial Aid, Work and College Performance. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Perkins, George; Pitter, Gita Wijesinghe; Howat, Claudia; Whitfield, Duane
This study of the State University System of Florida examined the relationship of demographic factors and college performance to various types and amounts of financial aid, student employment rates, and earnings of employed students. The state's unemployment insurance wage records were used to identify employed students, the university's financial aid database and student course files were used to identify demographic data, financial aid status, and student grades. The study found that high levels of financial aid and low rates of employment were associated with higher course loads. Among students of traditional college age, high levels of financial aid and low rates of employment were also associated with higher grade point averages. In general, women tended to have higher rates of employment and financial aid than men. Generally, students who were not employed had higher GPAs than employed students. Younger students had a wider range of average GPAs than older students. Overall, the percentage of financial aid recipients by class level decreased from freshman to senior level and the percentage employed increased. Results suggest that inadequate aid, which leads to higher employment rates, is likely to decrease credit hours taken per semester and thus lengthen the time to degree. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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