ERIC Number: ED450678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Undergraduates Enrolled with Higher Sticker Prices. Statistical Analysis Report. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports.
Lee, John B.
This study investigated the reasons full-time, first-year undergraduates gave for choosing to enroll at colleges with higher sticker prices, how they paid their expenses, and the educational experiences associated with attendance at these schools. It also reviews how satisfied they were with their choices, how they rated the educational experience, how they paid for the education, and their first-year persistence. Undergraduates from public colleges with sticker prices below $12,000 a year were used as comparisons, and a third group of undergraduates at public and private institutions with sticker prices below $12,000 was included in the tables of the report, but not in the analyses. The primary data sources was the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:96). Almost all of the students at the higher sticker price schools were traditional in the sense of being single, younger than 24, or financially dependent on their parents. More of the undergraduates at these more expensive schools went to college out of state, and 92% lived on campus. Financial aid was received by 79% of the high sticker price students, in comparison with 69% of students at the lower cost public colleges. Four influences differentiated full-time first-year undergraduates from the higher sticker price schools: (1) the influence of institutional reputation; (2) receiving more financial aid; (3) influence of faculty reputation; and (4) the school's job placement rate. Students in both groups were generally satisfied with their social and extracurricular activities, and student satisfaction with academics was higher at the higher sticker price schools. Appendixes contain a glossary and technical notes. (Contains 18 tables, 6 figures, and 18 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: College Choice, Colleges, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Student Costs, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; JBL Associates, Bethesda, MD.