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Pingel, Sarah; Weeden, Dustin – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
In this essay, we explore the importance of state financial aid programs for both states and the students they serve. Effective state financial aid policy benefits from rigorous research that engages partners from a variety of roles, such as state agencies, legislative staff, and intermediary organizations. It also benefits from the engagement of…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, State Aid, Student Financial Aid, State Policy
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Hossler, Don; Kwon, Jihye – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2015
There is a dearth of empirical work that examines the relationships between federal financial aid policy and institutional financial aid priorities and expenditures. This study uses Resource Dependency Theory to explore whether changes the amount of financial aid awarded by colleges and universities during the last fifty years are best explained…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Public Policy, Student Financial Aid, School Policy
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Luna-Torres, Maria; Leafgreen, Melet; McKinney, Lyle – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
To address low completion rates, postsecondary leaders are championing a "guided pathways" approach that puts students on a prescribed route towards graduation. Designing solutions to address low completion rates is complex; in addition to academic roadblocks, insufficient financial resources coupled with a complicated financial aid…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Delivery Systems, College Students, Design
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Peterson, Stacey A. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
Financial aid administrators administer various aspects of financial assistance programs; oversee, direct, coordinate, evaluate, and provide training for program activities and the personnel who manage office operations and supervise support staff; and ensure alignment of student and institutional needs while protecting the public interest. They…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Student Financial Aid Officers, Certification, Professionalism
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Jaquette, Ozan; Hillman, Nicholas W. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2015
Both federal spending on financial aid and student loan default rates have increased over the past decade. These trends have intensified policymakers' concerns that some postsecondary institutions-- particularly in the for-profit sector--maximize revenue derived from federal financial aid without helping students to graduate or find employment.…
Descriptors: Loan Repayment, Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, Federal Regulation
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Fuller, Matthew B. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 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…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Higher Education, Educational History, Private Financial Support
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Castleman, Benjamin L.; Meyer, Katharine E.; Sullivan, Zachary; Hartog, William D.; Miller, Scott – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
A growing body of research indicates that proactive outreach from high schools and college access organizations about college preparation tasks, and specifically focusing on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), results in increased college enrollment. Comparatively less attention has been paid to the role of colleges…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Outreach Programs, Synchronous Communication, Telecommunications
McKinney, Lyle; Roberts, Toya; Shefman, Pamelyn – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2013
Loan borrowing among community college students has increased in recent years. This study utilized original survey data to examine this trend from the perspective and firsthand experiences of 107 community college financial aid counselors from three states: California, Florida, and Texas. Findings indicate these counselors are concerned with the…
Descriptors: College Students, Counseling Services, Financial Aid Applicants, Student Financial Aid
Woolf, Neil; Martinez, Mario – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2013
This research explores the competencies that financial aid officers need to be successful in their jobs. A survey of 30 competencies was distributed to 508 financial aid officers in the Western United States. Respondents were asked to rate 30 job competencies for their relative importance and frequency of use. Using exploratory factor analysis,…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid Officers, Competence, Job Skills, Models
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Hill-Zuganelli, Dee; Cabrera, Nolan L.; Milem, Jeffrey F. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
Established in 2008, the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program (AASP) channeled institutional needbased aid to in-state, low-income students. Rapidly growing costs prompted three changes to the AASP eligibility requirements in 2011. We examined how these new requirements--a 3.0 or higher high school grade point average and the submission of the Free…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Barriers, Low Income Groups
Feeney, Mary; Heroff, John – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2013
Access to financial aid is dependent on a variety of factors, including the time of application; the earlier students apply for financial aid, the greater their access to institutional and often state resources. We use the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) as a case for investigating the economic, social, and academic factors that affect…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Barriers, Low Income Groups, College Students
Faulk, Dagney G.; Wang, Zhenlei – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2014
Tuition assistance offered by employers is an understudied area of financial aid research. The purpose of this study is to compare the demographic, socioeconomic, academic and financial aid characteristics of college students who receive employer-sponsored financial aid with students who receive traditional financial aid (institutional, state, or…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Financial Aid, Student Employment, Fringe Benefits
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Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Smith, Jeannette – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
This study presents a quantitative, exploratory analysis of 535 students attending Truckee Meadows Community College in Northern Nevada who were eligible or ineligible for federal student aid and were non-U.S. citizens. Within a snapshot of the Fall 2015 through Fall 2016 semesters, we examined the variables of gender, grade point average (GPA),…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Foreign Students, Student Financial Aid
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Rutherford, Amanda – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2016
Expectations of public institutions of higher education now include a growing number of competing goals. Financial assistance policies are expected to reward student talent, expand access to education, boost retention and graduation rates, and more. Yet research has not generally provided an empirical assessment of whether and how higher levels of…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Two Year Colleges, Public Colleges, Surveys
Daun-Barnet, Nathan; Hermsen, Albert; Vedder, Lori; Mabry, Beth – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2013
In 2006, Michigan changed their traditional merit award to a credit contingent program based upon successful completion of 60 college credits. The Michigan Promise Scholarship was crafted by state policymakers without input from the financial aid community. This case study suggests that the change in policy resulted in two unintended consequences:…
Descriptors: Merit Scholarships, State Aid, Student Financial Aid, College Credits
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