We would like to thank the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the University of New Orleans College of Education for research grants supporting this research. The views expressed in this paper are the authors and do not represent official policies or positions of NASFAA or the University of New Orleans. This article examines the influence of tuition charges and the amounts of grants, loans, and work awarded on within-year persistence by adult undergraduate students (over 22 years of age) enrolled in public and private four-year colleges. The findings include: 1) adult undergraduates are more likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds than traditional college-age students; 2) adult undergraduates seem to be more responsive to tuition charges than traditional college-age students; and 3) adults enrolled in public colleges are more sensitive to tuition charges than those enrolled in private colleges.
St. John, Edward P. and Starkey, Johnny B.
"The Influence of Prices on the Persistence of Adult Undergraduates,"
Journal of Student Financial Aid: Vol. 25
, Article 1.
Available at: http://publications.nasfaa.org/jsfa/vol25/iss2/1