Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Financial aid and the persistence of associate of arts graduates transferring to a senior university
by Tuttle, Lidia Vasseur, Ed.D., Florida International University, 2007, 148; 3268673
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the effects of financial aid on the persistence of associate of arts graduates transferring to a senior university in one of four consecutive fall semesters (1998-2001). Situated in an international metropolitan area in the southeastern United States, the institution where the study was conducted is a large public research university identified as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Archival databases served as the source of information on the academic and social background of the 4,669 participants in the study. Data from institutional financial aid records were pooled with the data in the student administrative system.

For purposes of this study, persistence was defined as ongoing progress until completing the baccalaureate degree. Student social background variables used in the study were gender, ethnicity, age, and income, with GPA and part-time or full-time enrollment status being the academic variables. Amount and type of aid, including grants, loans, scholarships, and work study were incorporated in the models to determine the effect of financial aid on the persistence of these transfer students. Because the dependent variable persistence had three possible outcomes (graduated, still enrolled, dropped out) multinomial logistic regression was the appropriate technique for analyzing the data; four multinomial models were employed in the analysis.

Findings suggest that grants awarded based on the financial need of students and loans were effective in encouraging the persistence of students, but scholarships and work study were not effective.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cistone, Peter J., Musoba, Glenda D.
School: Florida International University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 68/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education
Keywords: Associate of Arts, Financial aid, Hispanic-serving, Persistence, Transfer students, University
Publication Number: 3268673
ISBN: 978-0-549-08164-7
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