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ERIC Number: EJ1054668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0884-9153
Addressing Information Gaps: Disparities in Financial Awareness and Preparedness on the Road to College
George-Jackson, Casey; Gast, Melanie Jones
Journal of Student Financial Aid, v44 n3 Article 3 2014
The rising cost of higher education and questions of affordability are concerns for many families in the United States, but particularly for those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The knowledge of, information about, and perceptions related to how to pay for college can impact preparatory actions taken by families to prepare to pay for college. This commentary reviews literature published on pre-college financial awareness and preparation between 2000 and 2013 to examine what we know about the topic and to highlight existing disparities by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Implications are offered for programs and policies seeking to address these inequities, as well as suggestions for future research on this important but under-researched topic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B100017