My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
Community College Students Do Not Get Federal Financial Aid
The percent of community college students who apply for federal student aid
rose 37% between 2001 and 2006, but only half the students apply for federal aid. 4 year college students apply at a rate of about 80% more- see EconomicDiversity.org. Community college students find the aid application process daunting and unclear since they are part time and have little counseling. Moreover, many community colleges have insufficient student services to help students apply. The rates of application in Californias community colleges are all over the map depending on local college priorities.
A new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School research found many students from Chicago could have gone to 4 year colleges, but found the aid application process "too intimadating". College completion
is much higher at four year colleges.Latinos in Chicago were particularly unlikely to apply for aid at 4 year colleges that they were qualified to attend.
High schools need to do more to help these students apply and create a culture of pursuing financial aid.
Labels: academic preparation, College Completion, student aid