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ERIC Number: EJ1072371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2169-0480
GED Recipients in Postsecondary Education: A Rural-Urban Analysis of Pennsylvania FAFSA Applicants' Educational, Demographic, and Financial Characteristics
Prins, Esther; Kassab, Cathy
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v4 n2 p20-36 Sum 2015
Transitions to postsecondary education for GED graduates are a growing concern for educators and policy makers. This article analyzes the educational, demographic, and financial characteristics of Pennsylvania postsecondary students with a GED credential compared with traditional high school graduates, and identifies rural-urban differences within these groups. Data from the 2010-11 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (n = 610,925) were analyzed. Compared to non-GED applicants, GED graduates had significantly different background characteristics (e.g., age) and educational plans (e.g., degree type), and they were more socially and economically disadvantaged, with about three-fourths living in poverty or near-poverty. Salient rural-urban differences included institutional type, parental education, marital status, dependent children, and family income. Implications for research, policy, and practice are discussed.
Commission on Adult Basic Education. PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206. Tel: 888-442-6223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests
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