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Institutional Merit-Based Aid and Student Departure: A Longitudinal Analysis
The Review of Higher Education
  • Jacob P. K. Gross, University of Louisville
  • Don Hossler, Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Mary B Ziskin, University of Dayton
  • Matthew S. Berry, University of Louisville
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The use of merit criteria in awarding institutional aid has grown considerably and, some argue, is supplanting need as the central factor in awarding aid. Concurrently, the accountability movement in higher education has placed greater emphasis on retention and graduation as indicators of institutional success and quality. In this context, this study explores the relationship between institutional merit aid and student departure from a statewide system of higher education. We found that, once we account for self-selection to the extent possible, there was no significant relationship. By contrast, need-based aid was consistently related to decreased odds of departure.

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The article first appeared in The Review of Higher Education, Vol. 38, Issue 2, pages 221-250. The Review of Higher Education is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

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Jacob P. K. Gross, Don Hossler, Mary B Ziskin and Matthew S. Berry. "Institutional Merit-Based Aid and Student Departure: A Longitudinal Analysis" The Review of Higher Education Vol. 38 Iss. 2 (2015)
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