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Kopotic, Katherine; Mills, Jonathan N.; Rhinesmith, Evan – Higher Education Politics & Economics, 2021
While the popularity of state-financed merit-based scholarships has increased since the 1980s, policymakers struggle to maintain these programs because of growing costs. Some have tried to manage this tradeoff through eligibility changes or award amounts; however, little empirical research exists on the effectiveness of these changes. We add to…
Descriptors: Merit Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Students, Enrollment
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Borg, Mary; Beal, Mary; Stranahan, Harriet – Higher Education Politics & Economics, 2021
This article uses a sample of 13,643 students attending a 4-year state university in Florida to estimate a selection-bias corrected quantile regression of loan debt at graduation. The study investigates whether the debt levels of students who received the Florida Bright Futures (FBF) scholarship are significantly different from the debt levels of…
Descriptors: Correlation, State Aid, Student Financial Aid, Debt (Financial)
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Nuckols, William L.; Bullington, Kim E.; Gregory, Dennis E. – Higher Education Politics & Economics, 2020
This qualitative study explores the perceptions of value added to the lives of graduates who borrowed money to fund their college educations. Through the lens of cognitive dissonance theory, five themes emerged. Overall, the study participants agreed that the ability to take on student loans to fund their education was worth it, but on the other…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Student Financial Aid, College Graduates, Psychological Patterns
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Pulliam, Nicole; Sasso, Pietro – Higher Education Politics & Economics, 2016
Postsecondary educational institutions are most recently aware of large demographic shifts in the traditional age population of college-bound students as it flat lines by 2025. However, this prestige traditional age student market is drastically diminishing in number, which has necessitated in college and universities looking to other…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Capacity Building, Enrollment Management, School Holding Power