ERIC Number: ED472456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
State Financial Aid and College Access. Research Report.
Heller, Donald E.
This report examines recent trends in the provision of state aid and the impact of these trends on college access. It also examines the funding sources for state scholarships, and how the current fiscal crisis facing many states is likely to impact college access and opportunity across the United States. The evidence is fairly conclusive regarding the recent trend toward the substitution of merit for financial need in the awarding of state scholarships. This practice for the most part subsidizes the college-going behavior of those students who were likely to attend college even without the additional subsidy from taxpayers. It is likely to exacerbate, rather than reduce, existing gaps in college attendance between rich and poor and between racial majority and minority students. Policymakers have a choice to make regarding who will receive public assistance to attend college and how that assistance will be provided. The current fiscal crisis facing most states, which is already resulting in double-digit tuition increases in many public institutions, will only make this challenge more critical. (Contains 29 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Economic Factors, Financial Support, Higher Education, Public Support, State Aid, Student Financial Aid, Trend Analysis
For full text: http://www.pathwaystocollege.net/Pub/pub_products_findings.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Note: Report from the National Dialogue on Student Financial Aid and the Pathways to College Network.