ERIC Number: ED484811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 0
Show Us the Money: Low-Income Students, Families, and Financial Aid
Oliverez, Paz M.; Tierney, William G.
Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, University of Southern California
For many urban low-income students, going to college may not seem feasible for various reasons. A primary reason for low participation is a lack of financial resources to pay for higher education, and a lack of information about the availability of financial aid. When students have families who view college as financially out of reach, access to accurate financial aid information is vital to convince them otherwise. An in-depth look at the ways in which financial aid information is disseminated in nine public and two private high schools in southern California reveals that there are various school- and community-based efforts being performed to provide students and their families with a range of financial aid-related information. Yet, frequently this information does not reach those most in need. The goal of these efforts is often to help urban low-income students and their families gain a better understanding of the different resources available to help fund a student?s college education. Without financial assistance in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, or work-study, few urban low-income families will be able to pay for college on their own. California is used as an example insofar as it offers some of the most extensive financial aid services in the United States.
Descriptors: Paying for College, Scholarships, Low Income Groups, Student Financial Aid, Urban Schools, Access to Information, High School Students, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Information Dissemination
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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