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ERIC Number: EJ905716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0884-9153
Graduate Student Persistence: Evidence from Three Decades
Gururaj, Suchitra; Heilig, Julian Vasquez; Somers, Patricia
Journal of Student Financial Aid, v40 n1 p31-46 2010
This article conducts a meta-analysis of results of studies by Andrieu (1991), DeAngelis (1998), and Liseo (2005) to assess changes over time in the effects of financial aid and other factors on graduate student persistence. A descriptive review of the studies finds that combination aid packages encouraged persistence in 1987 (Andrieu, 1991), while any aid promoted persistence in 1993 (DeAngelis, 1998). In 2000, loans and assistantships, as well as tuition increases, were related to persistence (Liseo, 2005), demonstrating that available aid may offset tuitions at private institutions. The individual studies demonstrate the significance of differing financial variables during different time periods. The meta-analysis demonstrates that every form of aid is significant in promoting graduate student persistence and that grants, in particular, offer the greatest bang for the buck among this population. These findings present policy implications for improving graduate student retention. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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