ERIC Number: ED459884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-20
The Financial Nexus between College Choice and Persistence for Community College Students: A Financial Impact Model.
Mbadugha, Loretta Nkeiruka A.
The purpose of this study was to examine the way financial factors affect student enrollment decision-making at two points: (1) expectations about financial factors before a student chooses a college--those things that affect college choice decisions such as low tuition have a direct effect on subsequent college decisions; and (2) financial factors that affect student enrollment behavior after they have enrolled--having experienced the actual dollar amounts that have direct effect on subsequent persistence decision. This study used data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study and adapted a logical model developed by St. John. The statistical method used for the data analysis was logistic regression. Results indicated that: (1) full-time students of traditional and non-traditional age were the group of students with the least sensitivity to tuition; (2) on average, each $1,000 increase in tuition reduced the probability of persistence of full-time students by 29%, while part-time students on average were reduced by 69%; (3) among both full-time and part-time students, those of non-traditional age were somewhat more tuition sensitive; and (4) African Americans were found to be more likely than whites to persist through part-time attendance. (Contains summary of findings with comments, glossary of pertinent terms, appendix with coding information, 4 tables, and over 200 references.) (MKF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Dissertation, University of New Orleans.