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Author(s):Foley, K
Title:Why stop after high school?: A descriptive analysis of the most important reasons that high school graduates do not continue to PSE
Organization:Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
Short Description:This paper uses data from Statistics Canada’s School Leavers Survey (SLS) and School Leavers Follow-up Survey (SLF) to examine the reasons why some high school graduates do not pursue post-secondary education (PSE).
Annotation:This paper uses data from Statistics Canada’s School Leavers Survey (SLS) and School Leavers Follow-up Survey (SLF) to examine the reasons why some high school graduates do not pursue post-secondary education (PSE). The majority of individuals in the SLS reported a non-financial reason rather than a financial reason as the most important reason for not pursuing PSE. This does not mean that these individuals did not also face financial barriers, but rather that they viewed other barriers as more important. The most commonly reported non-financial reasons included “wanting to take some time off from studying,” “couldn’t decide what to do,” and “no interest in pursuing further education.” Being able to afford PSE will doubtless continue to pose a hurdle for young people; the evidence of this paper suggests, however, that in many cases there are other hurdles to be overcome first.
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College Access
Financial Aid, Affordability, Tuition, and Costs
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The condition of education 2011
The American high school graduation rate: Trends and levels
Getting with the program: Community college students need access to federal loans
From high school to the future: Making hard work pay off: The road to college for students in CPS's academically advanced programs
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: An implementation guide for school district administrators
Can I get a little advice here? How an overstretched high school guidance system is undermining students' college aspirations
College InSight
Survey of Canadian career college students: Phase II -- In-school student survey
Changing course: Improving Aboriginal access to post-secondary education in Canada
New path to federal student aid for those with no high school diploma or GED
Building a learning agenda around disconnected youth
Yes we can: The Schott 50-state report on public education and black males
The student loan default trap: Why borrowers default and what can be done
Stopped short: 2.1 Million adults in Florida went to college but didn't finish
Why access matters: The community college student body
Providing effective financial aid assistance to students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth: A key to higher education access and success: Version 2.0
Why 529 college savings plans favor the fortunate
Service members in school: Military veterans' experiences using the post-9/11 GI Bill and pursuing postsecondary education
The great cost shift: How higher education cuts undermine the future middle class
Postsecondary and labor force transitions among public high school career and technical education participants
Veteran's education benefits: Enhanced guidance and collaboration could improve administration of the Post-911 GI Bill program
The condition of college and career readiness 2012: National report
The student debt crisis
Debt to degree: A new way of measuring college success
The high cost of low graduation rates: Taxpayers lose millions
Is access to college in jeopardy in the west? Projections of high school graduates to 2012
Addressing student loan repayment burdens: Strengths and weaknesses of the current system
State higher education finance: FY 2004
The challenges of financial aid awareness and college access
What's at stake? The social and economic benefits of higher education
Rhetoric and reality: Effects and consequences of the HOPE scholarship
Do and should financial aid packages affect students' college choices?
Investing in America's future: Why student aid pays off for society and individuals
Promise abandoned: How policy choices and institutional practices restrict college opportunity
Measuring up internationally: Developing skills and knowledge for the global economy
Frequently asked questions about college costs
NDSFA: The financial aid partnership
College access: From the inside out
Trends in college pricing 2006
American higher education: How does it measure up for the twenty-first century
Dollars and sense II: Lessons from good, cost-effective small schools
Feasibility of a student unit record system within the integrated postsecondary education data system
Study of the effect of the Talent Search program on secondary and postsecondary outcomes in Florida, Indiana and Texas
How do I pay for college?
California policy options to accelerate Latino success in higher education
Wrestling rising costs with innovation
Student charges and financial aid: 2006-07
Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. Careers for the Future Scholarship 2009-2010
The costs of failure factories in American higher education
How does the United States stack up? International comparisons of academic achievement
Fulfilling the commitment: Recommendations for reforming federal student aid
Choosing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs): A closer look at Latino students college choices
From assets to school outcomes: How finances shape children's perceived possibilities and intentions
The impact of Pell grants on academic outcomes for low-income California community college students
The Student Guide for High School Seniors/College Students
Postsecondary education spending priorities for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Early and often: Designing a comprehensive system of financial aid information
Postsecondary education and training as we know it is not enough: Why we need to leaven postsecondary strategy with more attention to employment policy, social policy, and career and technical education in high school
Student loan forgiveness programs: An evolving workforce development tool
The school to college transition: Challenges and prospects
Challenging times, clear choices: An action agenda for college access and success
Getting ready to pay for college: What students and their parents know about the cost of college tuition and what they are doing to find out
Federal Pell Grant program of the Higher Education Act: Background and reauthorization
Fund Your Future: Counselors' Guide
Mission: Possible!
Constrained after college: Student loans and early career occupational choices
Taxing matters
The art of student retention
Doors of opportunity opening or closing: We are using tax credits and tuition discounts to appease middle-class voters instead of expanding educational opportunity
NCHEMS information center
Lumina Foundation focus: Dreams detoured: Rising college costs alter plans and threaten futures
The future of private loans: Who is borrowing and why?
Destination university: A guide to college for students and their families (Spanish Version)
Hitting home: Quality, cost, and access challenges confronting higher education today
Lumina Foundation focus: Barrier busters: Community colleges and their students embrace challenges
NDSFA: Recommendations for improving federal aid delivery
2003-04 National postsecondary student aid study: Undergraduate financial aid estimates for twelve states
Fair test: Schools that do not use SAT or ACT scores for admitting substantial numbers of students into Bachelor's degree program
National Center for College Costs
Paying for college: Distinguishing between cost and price
College-ready students, student-ready colleges: An agenda for improving degree completion in postsecondary education
Best Business Schools
The Chafee Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) program: Six states' experiences
Reaching higher with affordability (working paper)
The effectiveness of student aid policies: What the research tells us
How much are college students borrowing?
Degree completion beyond institutional borders: Responding to the new reality of mobile and non-traditional learners
A call for change: The social and eductational factors contributing to the outcomes of black males in urban schools
Quick facts about financial aid and community colleges, 2007-08
Cost, commitment, and attainment in higher education: An international comparison
Financial aid at California community colleges: Pell grants and fee waivers in 2003-04
Strengthening financial aid policies for low-income working adults
What are they and how do I use them? Strategies and tools to increase and improve filing of the federal Hope and Lifetime Learning education tax credits by low-income filers
Smart spending: Reforming federal financial aid for higher education
The roll of Pell grants in access, persistence and completion
The high school longitudinal study of 2009: A first look at Fall 2009 ninth graders
2008-09 Baccalaureate and beyond longitudinal study (B&B:08/09)
Canadian college student finances
Benefitting whom? For-profit education companies and the growth of military educational benefits
What does it cost to operate a high school organized into small learning communities? When are additional resources needed? How can efficiencies be achieved?
Tuition fees and student financial assistance: 2010 Global year in review
Lowering student debt: Explaining the decline in the debt of university students in Manitoba
State and community-based promise programs: Early commitments of financial aid for college
Collaborating to create change: How El Paso Community College improved the readiness of its incoming students through Achieving the Dream
Help wanted: Projections of jobs and education requirements through 2018
Student debt 101
Displacement in federal transfer payments: Exploring concept and practice with special reference to the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
State Higher Education Finance FY 2009
Postsecondary institutions and price of attendance in the United States: Fall 2008 and degrees and other awards conferred: 2007-08, and 12-month enrollment 2007-08
Trends in student aid 2009
Transitions -- First-generation students: A promising concept?
Cheap for whom? How much education costs taxpayers
The CollegeKeys Compact: Getting into college: A cross-cohort examination of college preparations by lower-SES students
Net tuition and net price trends in the United States: 2000-2009
Review of the effects of school vouchers on college enrollment: Experimental evidence from New York City
Buying college: What consumers need to know
Students speak! Understanding the value of HBCUs from student perspectives
Trends in student aid 2010
Open educational resources: Tools to help 21st century students achieve their postsecondary eduation goals and keep America competitive
Building pathways to transfer: Community colleges that break the chain of failure for students of color
Predicting success in college: The importance of placement tests and high school transcripts
Survey of state tuition, fees, and financial assistance policies for public colleges and universities: 2010-11
The importance of being in school: A report on absenteeism in the nation's public schools
Hiring and higher education: Business executives talk about the costs and benefits of college
Sending veterans to school: Fast facts on the post-9/11 GI Bill
Profile of 2007-08 first-time bachelor's degree recipients in 2009
Inseparable imperatives: Equity in education and the future of the American economy