SOCY105 Case Study - SES, tuition increases, financial aid...

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SES, tuition increases, financial aid cuts, and the effects on college acceptance, academic success, andretention.Due to the recent recession, more attention has been paid to the effects that socioeconomic status has onthe opportunity and likelihood of success in higher education. Research on financial aid asserts thatfinancial aid has a huge impact on academic achievement, commitment to education, student engagement,and persistence to graduation (Nora, A.). The availability of funds to meet the rising tuition costs andother expenses associated with attending college bears heavily on a student’s decision to receive highereducation, and could also greatly affect the choice of college made by a student (Nora, A.). This hasmajor implications for students with lower socioeconomic status (SES). Due to their lack of economic andsocial capital, they struggle significantly with tuition increases and financial aid cuts, are often discouraged,and give up. Recent studies affirm that financial aid facilitates academic and social integration of studentson campus and enhances academic performance while positively influencing a student’s intent to remainenrolled (Nora, A.). For those with lower SES, whose income may not fulfill the costs of collegeattendance, there is a huge disparity in their lives which stimulates adversity (Nora, A.).Academic achievement in high school is one of the major determining factors in college acceptance.Universities look for well-rounded students, which means those who rise above their peers in academics,extracurriculars, and experience. For students with lower SES, this poses a huge disadvantage. Withincreasingly small state funding for several schools, especially those in lower income neighborhoods,students with lower socioeconomic status simply do not have the access to the same opportunities andprivileges awarded to their peers of high social and economic standing (Carey, Kevin). Therefore, when itcomes to college acceptance, they have a lower hand in the pool of applicants. Being that they would alsorequire financial assistance, this makes it even less likely for them to be a favorable candidate. Studentsfrom low income households and communities develop skills slower than children from higher-SEScommunities (APA). It begins from childhood because initial academic skills are learned from the home. Ifchildren are raised in adverse conditions, they are not in a healthy learning environment, and therefore,start their academic paths with no solid foundation (APA). As they grow older and integrate into higher

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