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ERIC Number: EJ905711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0884-9153
Who Enrolls in Two-Year Colleges? A National Study of Price Response
Stokes, Timothy; Somers, Patricia
Journal of Student Financial Aid, v39 n1 p4-18 2009
The authors examine the factors that influence the college choice process of two-year college students and explore the effect these variables have on the two-year/four-year college choice dichotomy, using the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) of 1995-96 and the Beginning Postsecondary (BPS) component of that survey. This study provides new insight into the influence that background characteristics, aspirations, high school experience, college experience, price and subsidy, and beginning postsecondary variables have on a student's decision to attend a two-year college as compared to a four year institution. The study finds that ethnicity, location, high school degree attainment, educational achievement (as measured by high school GPA and ACT score), tuition and fee rates, net cost, and campus climate are the most influential variables influencing a student's decision to attend a two-year college. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A