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ERIC Number: EJ995850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-0091-5521
The Relationship between FAFSA Filing and Persistence among First-Year Community College Students
McKinney, Lyle; Novak, Heather
Community College Review, v41 n1 p63-85 Jan 2013
In 2007-2008, approximately 42% of community college students who were eligible to receive Pell grant funding did not file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Using data from the Beginning Postsecondary Student Study, this study examined the relationship between FAFSA filing status and persistence from the fall to spring semesters among first-year community college students. Results indicate that when controlling for other relevant predictors of persistence, filing a FAFSA was associated with higher odds of within-year persistence among all students and was particularly strong for the restricted sample of students enrolled part time. The implications of these findings are discussed in light of the national completion agenda and recent calls to improve the utilization of financial aid among community college students. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study