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ERIC Number: EJ897817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1068-610X
Factors Associated with Delayed Submission of the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid
LaManque, Andrew
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v17 n1 p6-12 Fall 2009
This study presents the results of a survey of FAFSA applicants aimed at learning why some students delay their FAFSA application to the weeks and months just prior to college enrollment. The assumption is that an early FAFSA filer is more likely to receive a better financial aid package and might be more likely to succeed and persist in college than later FAFSA filers with exactly the same need. The study hypothesizes that variance in knowledge about the college system can affect when the financial aid application is submitted. To test the hypothesis, the study uses a segmentation analysis that relies mostly on behavioral rather than demographic variables. The results suggest that there is a direct relationship between FAFSA knowledge and the timing of the FAFSA application. Financial aid offices might use the approach outlined in this study to focus outreach efforts on students who are more likely to delay their FAFSA application. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A