Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2015

Publication Source

The Review of Higher Education

Abstract

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.

Inclusive pages

221–250

ISBN/ISSN

0162-5748

Document Version

Published Version

Comments

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).

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

The Johns Hopkins University Press

Volume

38

Issue

2

Peer Reviewed

yes