ERIC Number: ED472466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
The Role of Financial Aid in Hispanic First-Time Freshman Persistence. AIR 2002 Forum Paper.
Most existing research suggests that financial aid has a positive effect on minority student persistence although there are few multivariate studies that analyze the benefits of financial aid to Hispanic undergraduates at four-year colleges. This study used path analysis to evaluate the strength of various predictors of student persistence, including financial aid, for a population of first-year full-time Hispanic students at a large southwestern university. The study included 874 recent graduates of New Mexico high schools who attended the university full time in fall 1998. Results of the path analysis show that college grades, dormitory residence, and receipt of work-study have the strongest direct and total effects on Hispanic student persistence. Merit scholarships and grants have smaller positive contributions to persistence for this sample. (Contains 5 tables, 3 figures, and 34 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum for the Association for Institutional Research (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2-5, 2002).