To Stay or Not to Stay: Factors Affecting Student Persistence of Students Benefiting from Need-Based Financial Aid
My study will contribute on information how we can prevent student dropout behavior from students coming from low socioeconomic status even if we already removed the hindrance of matriculation expenses.
Information on how to predict and prevent student attrition will help students from low socioeconomic status complete a college degree. In a business perspective, this can help the institution gain success in their investment since these students are benefiting from financial aid, it goes with saying that the institution has invested money to these students to pursue completing a degree and add to the number of students to graduate in their institution,. In an economical perspective, this can help boost the economy's number of qualified professionals and alleviate families from poverty.
Studies have shown that financial aid contribute to student persistence of students in low socioeconomic background but studies did not explore on why students still dropout despite the financial aid.
I was not able to cover students who proceeded in dropping out from the institution.
Question 7: What are your findings?
Family support, social integration, parent's educational socialization and certainty of choice of program influence student persistence.
I used Sequential Explanatory Method where I did a quantitative phase first to test the significance of my variables and the qualitative phase would validate the results of the quantitative phase.
There is already a comprehensive model on student attrition as done by Bean, I wanted to apply the model in the setting of my research instead of creating a new grounded theory. Through the quantitative phase I tested the significance of my chosen variables and the qualitative phase help interpret why those variables were significant.
I would recommend future studies to develop an instrument that can help predict students risk of dropping out. This is one direct application of my current findings.
Future research can explore the different ways of how parents socialize with their children when it comes to education related concerns and goals.
As mentioned in my recommendation, one can develop an instrument to identify students at risk of dropping out. But in a much more lower scale of number of students, faculty members or people of position can explore the situation of the student by interviewing the student in aspects with regards to family support, social integration, parent's socialization and extent of how the student's program is related to their goals.
Family support, friends, institutional fit and certainty of choice of program influences the desire of a students coming from low SES and benefiting from financial aid to finish their degree program.
I would like to add more participants in the qualitative study and also include those who left the institution.
I developed an instrument by creating item statements based from previous instruments used by other researchers and also from literature. I asked experts to review the statements and conducted a pilot test of the instrument to identify the validity or the instrument and reject poor items.
My research variables are Family Support, Parent's Educational Socialization, Social Integration and Certainty of Choice of Program.
My research question is "Does Family Support, Parent's Educational Socialization, Social Integration and Certainty of Choice of Program have influence on student persistence of student benefiting from financial aid?
I would like to share it to the Office of Admissions and Scholarships so that they have an idea how to help their scholars in their struggles to attain a college degree.
I used second hand resources via literature review and also direct data collected directly from students benefiting from financial aid.
My study is based on Bean's Model of student attrition where environmental variables, attitude/outcome variables, background variables, organizational variables have direct and indirect influence on dropout behavior.
Family support and Parents educational socialization are environmental variables that influence student persistence. Certainty of Choice of Program is an attitude/outcome variable that influence student persistence. Social integration is an organizational variable that influence student persistence.
Same as Question #10
Exploring the factors that influence student persistence of students benefiting from need-based financial aid
Thank you for the intellectual discussion and taking time to help me improve my research work.
Justify your thesis according to the learner centered principles.