State Financial Policies and College Student Persistence: A National Study

Chen, Rong; St. John, Edward P.
September 2011
Journal of Higher Education;Sep/Oct2011, Vol. 82 Issue 5, p629
Academic Journal
The article presents research regarding ways in which U.S. state policies for funding higher education impact student admissions and enrollment at universities. A brief history of student financial aid programs in the U.S. is provided which includes a description of the federally funded Pell Grant program and the shift in policy to need-based student aid during the 1980s. Particular focus within the research is paid to the relationship between higher education financing policies and the socioeconomic status (SES) and racial characteristics of students.


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