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Monks, James – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2018
Socioeconomic diversity in tertiary education has come under heightened scrutiny in the past few years. This paper estimates the relationship between prices (both sticker price and net price), financial aid policies, and selectivity on the variation of low-income students across postsecondary institutions. All three factors are significant in…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Higher Education, Correlation, Tuition
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Luna-Torres, Maria; McKinney, Lyle; Horn, Catherine; Jones, Sara – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2018
This study examined a sample of community college students from a diverse, large urban community college system in Texas. To gain a deeper understanding about the effects of background characteristics on student borrowing behaviors and enrollment outcomes, the study employed descriptive statistics and regression techniques to examine two separate…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Student Financial Aid, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Hlinka, Karen R.; Gericke, Kevin L.; Akin, S. Renea; Stephenson, Lisa G. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2018
In 2010, McCracken County, Kentucky implemented the Community Scholarship Program (CSP) to provide graduates of high schools in the county an opportunity to receive a tuition-free community college education. Quantitative data was collected throughout the various stages of student progress through the program. As the first cohort of CSP students…
Descriptors: Scholarships, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Tuition
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Tonsager, Lindsey; Skeath, Caleb W. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulates how schools collect, use, and disclose student information, including disclosures to third-party educational researchers. This article examines how educational researchers can structure their activities to reduce the risk of violating FERPA's disclosure restrictions. In order to do…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Legislation, Parent Rights, Privacy
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Evans, Brent J.; Nguyen, Tuan D.; Tener, Brent B.; Thomas, Chanell L. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
In examining national data on Federal Pell Grant eligibility in the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), we were puzzled to discover that many students who appear to have eligible Expected Family Contributions (EFCs) do not receive the award. We use institutional data from a large public university to understand and enumerate changes…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Student Financial Aid, Eligibility
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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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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
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Smith, Zakiya W. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
Those interested in positioning research to be used by policymakers or funded by foundations often wonder how best to do so. Foundation and policy interests can intersect, as philanthropy and policy both aim to provide solutions to big societal problems. This article explores themes from federal financial aid policy, in particular, suggesting that…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Financial Aid Applicants, Student Financial Aid, Researchers
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Heller, Donald E. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
Academic research often does not find its way into the policy arena because of the nature of the work. Policymakers often find journal articles and academic books too long, difficult to understand, and lacking in policy-relevant ideas and recommendations. This article provides suggestions to academic and other researchers on how to make their…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Educational Researchers, Educational Research, Educational Policy
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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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Eichelberger, Brenda; Mattioli, Heather; Foxhoven, Rachel – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
Financial aid is designed to increase access to postsecondary education at all socioeconomic levels; however, college students are not always knowledgeable about personal finances or capable of making sound decisions regarding complex college and program choices, debt options, and long-term spending. This article reviews previous research on the…
Descriptors: Barriers, Student Financial Aid, Access to Education, Disadvantaged Youth
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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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Britt, Sonya L.; Ammerman, David Allen; Barrett, Sarah F.; Jones, Scott – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
This study examined a sample of 2,475 undergraduate students to determine the influence of financial stress, debt loads, and financial counseling on retention rates. Results indicate, among other findings, that financial stress contributes to an increased likelihood of discontinuing college. Self-reported student loan debt contributes to an…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Student Financial Aid, Financial Problems, Stress Variables
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Kelchen, Robert – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
Eligibility for many federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs is determined by the expected family contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which functions as a tool to ration scarce aid dollars. The lowest possible EFC under current rules is zero, but this obscures a wider distribution of…
Descriptors: Parent Financial Contribution, Family Financial Resources, College Students, Student Financial Aid
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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
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