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ERIC Number: ED502067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of College Financial Aid among California Latino Youth. Policy Brief
Zarate, Maria Estela; Pachon, Harry P.
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) survey of California Latino youth perceptions of college financial aid reveals: (1) Ninety-eight percent of respondents felt it was important to have a college education; (2) Thirty-eight percent of respondents did not feel the benefits of college outweigh the costs; (3) Not being able to work and incurring debt were the opportunity costs associated with going to college; (4) Over half of all respondents erroneously thought students have to be U.S. citizens to apply for college financial aid; (5) Few respondents could accurately estimate the cost of attending either the University of California or the California State University; and (6) There is a lack of familiarity with government grants for education. Three major policy implications are identified: (1) Delivery of translated financial aid information is not sufficient; (2) Misperceptions about the affordability of college need to be addressed; and (3) Greater awareness about government loan and grant programs is needed. The report concludes that a high number of qualified, potential Latino college students will continue to miss out on the opportunity to pursue higher education unless action is taken to address misinformation and misperceptions about financial aid eligibility and college costs. (Contains 6 footnotes and 3 figures.)
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute. University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, Ralph and Goldie Lewis Hall, 650 Childs Way Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626. Tel: 213-821-5615; Fax: 213-821-1976; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Sallie Mae, Reston, VA.
Authoring Institution: Tomas Rivera Policy Inst., Claremont, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California