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ERIC Number: EJ829466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
The Impact of Cost on College Choice: Beyond the Means of the Economically Disadvantaged
Lillis, Michael P.; Tian, Robert G.
Journal of College Admission, n200 p4-14 Sum 2008
This study examines the impact of the costs of college and student financial support in the college choice process, especially as it relates to the economically disadvantaged. Although higher education research has given some significant consideration to the role of socioeconomic status on educational choice, this paper investigates both the validity of prior assertions in that regard and explores a variety of other factors related to college choice. Using a questionnaire designed for systematic description and comparison of students' college-going behavior, patterns of decision-making are described across various groups of students. These patterns are used as a basis for making inferences about the college choice process and for conceptual commentary on issues related to the examination of educational policy. Results point to the need to remove financial barriers for low- and middle-income groups and to identify ways of ensuring equal educational opportunity of college choice, regardless of class distinctions. (Contains 8 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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