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ERIC Number: ED556416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 110
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-9518-9
The Effect of Policy Changes of State Scholarship Programs on Enrollment and Financial Aid Awards to Students Attending Two-Year Technical Colleges in Georgia
Whitlock, Tonya F.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mercer University
This dissertation is a policy evaluation of the HOPE Grant Program in the state of Georgia. It examines if the HOPE Grant policy change related to the shifts in enrollment and financial aid awards at two-year technical colleges in Georgia. It particularly focuses on the FY2011 policy change where the GPA was raised from a 2.0 to a 3.0 as a requirement for maintaining grant aid at the 30 and 60 credit hour checkpoints. Because the study uses archival data, an ex post facto quantitative design was used. The research methodology used in the study was interrupted time series where pre- and post treatment enrollment and financial aid awards data was analyzed. The sample and population included HOPE eligible students attending the technical colleges in Georgia during FY2011 and FY2012. To evaluate the low-income student difference, Pell eligible students who also received the HOPE Grant were accessed. The resulting trend showed a steady increase in enrollment from FY2009 through FY2011 and then a sharp decrease in AY2012. Two recommendations for future study are to conduct a qualitative study of students attending the technical colleges before and after the 3.0 GPA policy change to gain perceptions on the change and to study the policy changes verses enrollment trends as it relates to two-year technical colleges in the state of Georgia with students who receive the HOPE Grant. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program