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Committee Members

Dave Darr (Committee Member), Suzanne Franco (Committee Co-chair), Joanne Risacher (Committee Member), Charles Ryan (Committee Co-chair)

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Master of Arts (MA)


The purpose of this research study was to examine the relationship between financial aid and three aspects of students' first-year experience: grade point averages, persistence, and housing decisions. Analyses from data obtained from one public four-year institution in the Midwest found few differences in grade point averages, persistence, and housing decisions between students who received financial aid and those who did not. However, when examining the dependent variables among students who received different types of financial aid, several significant differences were found. Students who received scholarships and work study had significantly higher grade point averages than those who did not; student loans were the most common type of financial aid received; and students who received financial aid were significantly more likely to reside on-campus. Recommendations for future research include examining other variables, such as students' socioeconomic status, prior student achievement, net price, and combinations of types of financial aid received.

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Department or Program

Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

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