ERIC Number: ED571547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
The Impact of Financial Aid on Student College Access and Success: The San Antonio Experience
Perez, Eyra A.; Ortiz, Noé C.
Excelencia in Education
The success of the financial aid initiative is founded on the premise that the truest impact occurs when the greater community owns and develops solutions to issues that impede student progress. Co-authored by two community leaders, Noé Ortiz and Eyra Pérez, the San Antonio experience demonstrates how a community can partner across different sectors and institutions to remove financial aid as a barrier for students to access postsecondary education. The San Antonio case study shares successes, challenges and lessons learned in creating and implementing three strategic components: (1) Student Aid Saturdays San Antonio; (2) Financial Aid Curriculum for High School Students; and (3) Financial Aid Council of San Antonio. San Antonio's growth, diversity, and leadership in strengthening the opportunity for success of its community, provides a useful case study for other communities throughout the United States. In this context, we draw three lessons relevant to communities across America: (1) Partnership development was, and continues to be, a key factor--and challenge--in successful efforts; (2) It is critical to determine how to most effectively empower Latino students and their families to navigate the complex financial aid system in a community context; and (3) A robust data collection system is needed to quantify a community's needs, verify what works, and translate best efforts into best results.
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, College Students, Access to Education, Success, Higher Education, Case Studies, Educational Attainment, Achievement Gap, Enrollment, Academic Persistence, Financial Aid Applicants, Partnerships in Education, High School Students, College Bound Students, Federal Aid, Graduation Rate
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Excelencia in Education
Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)