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Abstract

Divorces are very common in today's society. Since 1975, the marriage to divorce ratio has been two to one (i.e. for every two marriages, one ends in divorce). This trend significantly impacts the student financial aid applicant population, which, not surprisingly, mirrors our society. Consequently, how educational institutions, government agencies, and other organizations handle financial aid applications of students whose natural parents are divorced is becoming increasingly important; however, little research to date has addressed this issue.

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