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ERIC Number: EJ829459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Aid and Advocacy: Why Community College Transfer Students Do Not Apply for Financial Aid and How Counselors Can Help Them Get in the Game
Handel, Stephen J.
Journal of College Admission, n201 p8-16 Fall 2008
According to the American Council on Education, more than 1 million community college students failed to receive financial aid for which they were likely eligible. This is a startling statistic. Given that financial aid is such a critical determinant of college-going and that academic counselors are among students' most important advocates, discussing financial aid with students is essential. In many instances academic counselors avoid this topic, preferring instead to refer their students to the experts in the financial aid office. It's understandable. With so much on their desks already, the last thing they need is to try and decipher America's financial aid process, which only seems to get more complicated every year. But such a practice is a perilous one for students. The financing choices that students make have inevitable consequences for their academic success. So much, in fact, that the American Council on Education recommends that colleges and universities "forge stronger links between academic and financial advising." This article discusses why community college transfer students do not apply for financial aid. The author presents a short tutorial to help counselors connect their students to the financial aid resources they need to earn an undergraduate degree. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A