ERIC Number: EJ860127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Exploring the Effects of Student Expectations about Financial Aid on Postsecondary Choice: A Focus on Income and Racial/Ethnic Differences
Kim, Jiyun; DesJardins, Stephen L.; McCall, Brian P.
Research in Higher Education, v50 n8 p741-774 Dec 2009
This study investigates how the expectations of different types of financial aid affect the student college choice process from application through enrollment. We find that students from different race and income groups respond differentially to aid packages in their application and enrollment decisions depending on their levels of aid expectations. In application behavior, Asians at all income levels increase their likelihood of application at a greater rate in response to an increase in their aid expectations than other racial groups. Simulations indicate that enrollment probabilities decline more for African American and Hispanic students than whites and Asians when they expect to receive financial aid but do not. The findings suggest the particular importance of financial aid packages in the college choice process for underrepresented minority students.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Income, College Choice, Minority Groups, Predictor Variables, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Student Financial Aid, Expectation, Simulation, Disproportionate Representation, African American Students, Asian American Students, Hispanic American Students, White Students, Paying for College, Educational Finance, Financial Aid Applicants
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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