ERIC Number: ED480471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Getting Ready To Pay for College: What Students and Their Parents Know about the Cost of College Tuition and What They Are Doing To Find Out.
Horn, Laura J.; Chen, Xianglei; Chapman, Chris
This study used data from the Parent and Youth Surveys of the 1999 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES:1999) to investigate how much "college-bound" students in grades 6 through 12 and their parents know about the cost of attending college and the relationships between their knowledge of college costs and how they go about preparing for college. It examined whether parents had started to save for their children's education, gathered information on financial aid, and knew about various tax credits to help offset costs. Students were asked about discussions they had with parents or teachers or counselors to learn about college costs, academic requirements, and financial aid availability. The base sample consisted of 7,910 students in grades 6 through 12 who participated in NHES:1999. Almost all planned to attend college, while only 18% of students and 30% of parents had obtained information about what it would cost to attend. The older students were, the more likely they were to have gathered information about costs. The likelihood of having knowledge also increased with household income and parents' education. Findings show that students who can least afford college are least aware of what it costs to attend. Four appendixes contain supplemental information, including tables and technical notes. (Contains 34 tables, 14 figures, and 23 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Knowledge Level, National Surveys, Parents, Paying for College, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Financial Aid
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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.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey
IES Cited: ED492616; ED506465