ERIC Number: ED476229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
What Colleges Contribute: Institutional Aid to Full-Time Undergraduates Attending 4-Year Colleges and Universities. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports.
Horn, Laura; Peter, Katharin
Many colleges and universities provide grant aid to undergraduates to help them pay for all or part of the tuition and fees charged by the institution. This study provides information about recent trends in institutional aid receipt and then examines the relationship between such aid and the likelihood of recipients staying enrolled in the awarding institution relative to comparable unaided students. The trend analysis is based on data gathered from three administrations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study conducted in 1992-1993, 1995-1996, and 1999-2000. The retention analysis is based on data from the first and second followups to the 1995-1996 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BHPS:96/01). BPS followed a cohort of students who first entered college in 1995-1996 and were last surveyed in 2001. As was consistent with earlier studies, this study found that the percentage of full-time undergraduates in 4-year colleges and universities who received institutional aid increased over the last decade in the public and private not-for-profit sectors. In 1992-1993, 17% of undergraduates in public institutions received institutional aid, averaging about $2,200. By 1999-2000, 23% received such aid, averaging about $2,700. Much of the increase was in the form of aid based entirely on merit. In public institutions, a relationship between the likelihood of receiving institutional merit aid and family income could not be detected in public institutions. Some groups of students who received institutional grant aid in their first year were more likely than their unaided counterparts to re-enroll in their second year, but these findings differed by student group and sector. An association between institutional grant aid receipt in the first year and 6-year institutional retention or degree attainment was only evident among students in public institutions. (Contains 10 tables, 11 figures, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Grants, Institutional Role, Merit Scholarships, School Holding Power, Student Financial Aid, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study
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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.; MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.
Note: C. Dennis Carroll, Project Officer.