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Working Students’ Perceptions of Paying for College: Understanding the Connections between Financial Aid and Work
The Review of Higher Education
  • Mary Ziskin, University of Dayton
  • Mary Ann Fischer, Indiana University - Northwest
  • Vasti Torres, University of South Florida
  • Beth Pellicciotti, Purdue University - Calumet Campus
  • Jacquelyn Player-Sanders, Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
7-1-2014
Abstract
For many students at urban commuter colleges, the process of financial aid is unknown or mysterious; and so they work—often many hours a week—to pay expenses that financial aid might have covered. Missteps, unforeseen events, and limited resources can have severe consequences for the academic progress of these students. The broader study, of which this paper is a part, represents an effort to explore and describe students’ college-going, working, family responsibilities, and academic success at three commuter institutions in a metropolitan region in the Midwest. The encompassing project aims to introduce new qualitative data and situated description into the study of these phenomena. In this article, we explore students’ views and experiences with financial aid, centering on the research question: How do students describe and conceptualize financial aid policy?
Inclusive pages
429-467
ISBN/ISSN
0162-5748
Document Version
Published Version
Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher
Association for the Study of Higher Education
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Keywords
  • financial aid,
  • disadvantaged,
  • urban,
  • higher education
Citation Information
Mary Ziskin, Mary Ann Fischer, Vasti Torres, Beth Pellicciotti, et al.. "Working Students’ Perceptions of Paying for College: Understanding the Connections between Financial Aid and Work" The Review of Higher Education Vol. 37 Iss. 4 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vasti_torres/3/