Financial Aid and Student Dropouts in Higher Education: A Heterogeneous Research Approach
In J. C. Smart (Ed.), "Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research," XXIII, 209- 240, The Netherlands: Springer, 2008
Rong Chen, Ph.D.
Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy
This work draws on theoretical and empirical literature to develop a longitudinal research approach for investigating the possible variations in aid effects on dropout risks. It considers that the student body is heterogeneous and thus may respond to financial aid differently according to their socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. It further identifies key elements in assessing the longitudinal impact of various types of financial aid, and provides an alternative approach for understanding how aid policies could affect dropout risk gaps in higher education.