ERIC Number: EJ822601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
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Merit-Based Student Aid and Freshman Interstate College Migration: Testing a Dynamic Model of Policy Change
Orsuwan, Meechai; Heck, Ronald H.
Research in Higher Education, v50 n1 p24-51 Feb 2009
This study examines how state merit-based scholarships "individually" and "simultaneously" with prepaid tuition plans influence the interstate migration of college-bound freshmen. State freshman migration percentages were examined over a 10-year period. Results of an interrupted time-series model suggested that students generally respond to merit-based tuition aid in accordance with our initial prediction based on factors influencing student choice in attending postsecondary institutions. More specifically, many students choose to attend an in-state college in order to be eligible for state merit-based scholarships. Moreover, for home states that adopted both merit-based scholarships and prepaid tuition contracts, student out-migration was further reduced over time.
Descriptors: State Schools, State Colleges, Migration Patterns, Scholarships, Paying for College, Tuition, Student Financial Aid, Prediction, College Choice, College Freshmen, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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