Financial aid and persistence in community olleges: Assessing the effectiveness of federal and state financial aid programs in Oklahoma

Pilar Mendoza, Jesse P. Mendez, Zaria Malcolm

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Abstract

Using a longitudinal, state-wide dataset, this study assessed the effect of financial aid on the persistence of full-time students in associate's degree programs at the Oklahoma community colleges. Three financial-aid sources were examined: the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), Pell grants, and Stafford loans. Results indicate that these forms of financial aid, alone and in combination, were predictors of persistence measured in terms of the student progressing from 1styear status to 2nd-year status.The effect of financial aid, however, was moderated by ethnicity and income.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-135
Number of pages24
JournalCommunity College Review
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program
  • Pell grants
  • Stafford loans
  • Student financial aid
  • Student persistence

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