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Fincher, Mark E. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
A common misperception suggests that a high-achieving student can easily complete a degree with very limited debt, and that students with high levels of debt are thus underachievers. This assumption is supported by memories of previous decades when it was realistically possible for most students to work their way through college. This view,…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Economic Impact, High Achievement, College Students
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Jackson, Charmaine – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2003
For several decades, education has assumed a vital role in this country's economic, social, and political development, catapulting less advantaged citizens into higher social classes and the political process. A testament to education's fundamental importance in our society are the numerous programs designed during the 1960s to eliminate the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Financial Aid Applicants, College Applicants, Federal Government
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Wolanin, Thomas R – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 1990
In response to Fischer (HE 527 626), the author considers a proposal to simplify and unify need analysis in Pell grants and other federal need-based student aid as appropriate. It is also argued that a single need analysis is needed because the complexity of the existing systems is a barrier to achieving the programs' central goal. (MSE)
Descriptors: Equal Education, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Information Needs
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Mortenson, Thomas G. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 1988
Research on changes in the design of the federal Pell Grant Program between 1973-74 and 1988-89 is reported, with focus on changes in the formulas used to calculate the Student Aid Index and the payment schedule, especially with reference to actual direct and indirect college attendance costs. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Cost Indexes, Family Income, Federal Programs, Grants
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Case, Joe Paul – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 1990
In response to Fischer (HE 527 626), the author considers a proposal to simplify need analysis in Pell grants and other federal need-based student aid as having merit but threatening serious financial harm to many current Pell grant recipients and their institutions. It is argued that focus on budgetary advantages ignores potential dislocations…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Information Needs
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Fischer, Frederick J. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 1990
A discussion of the two systems of need analysis used for Pell grants and other large federal need-based student-aid programs looks at the reasons for different systems and examines the usefulness of simplification to one. Budgetary feasibility, distributional implications, alternative cost-saving reforms, and effects on public confidence are…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Information Needs
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Turner, Charles – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 1997
Comparison of federal need-analysis formulas for student financial aid in 1992-93 and 1993-94 focused on elimination of home/farm equity from calculations, parent contributions, and Pell Grant awards. Results suggest higher unmet need and lower Pell Grant awards, and imply that the most needy students may lose gift assistance to more affluent…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Economics, Federal Programs, Higher Education