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ERIC Number: EJ1034690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0884-9153
A History of Financial Aid to Students
Fuller, Matthew B.
Journal of Student Financial Aid, v44 n1 Article 4 2014
Colleges, universities, and the communities they serve have always been concerned about students' abilities to pay and the systems of aid to support students' learning. This article reviews the history of aiding student in higher education. Early student- and institutionally-led programs are discussed along with initial philanthropic and charitable efforts. The author argues that the nature of financial aid has shifted from a locally-drive philanthropic effort, to a complex federal system, and, finally, to a system focused on political discourse. After describing this shift, the author discusses implications for the stability of financial aid and higher education in America.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy; United Kingdom (England); United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Basic Educational Opportunity Grants; G I Bill; Guaranteed Student Loan Program; Higher Education Act 1965; National Defense Education Act; Pell Grant Program; Perkins Loan Program; Stafford Student Loan Program