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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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Undergraduate students and credit cards 2004: An analysis of usage rates and trends
Federal Pell Grant program of the Higher Education Act: Background and reauthorization
Hitting home: Quality, cost, and access challenges confronting higher education today
The debt explosion among college graduates
Canadian college student finances
The role of guidance in post-secondary planning
Changing course: Improving Aboriginal access to post-secondary education in Canada
Embracing differences: Post-secondary education among Aboriginal students, students with children and students with disabilities (2005)
Investing early: Intervention programs in selected U.S. states
Women and college savings: A survey on parental attitudes and practices
Assets and liabilities, educational expectations, and children's college degree attainment
Student Financial Survey: Baseline Results (2001)
Higher education performance funding 2.0 - Funding degrees (tip sheet)
Metrics for improving cost accountability
Student loan forgiveness programs: An evolving workforce development tool
Providing effective financial aid assistance to students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth
Paying for college: Distinguishing between cost and price
State and community-based promise programs: Early commitments of financial aid for college
Seamless Pathways : A Symposium on Improving Transitions From High School to College
Lowering student debt: Explaining the decline in the debt of university students in Manitoba
Trends in student aid 2009
Transitions -- First-generation students: A promising concept?
BC AVID: Early Implementation Report -- Executive Summary
Ten Things you need to know about financial support for post-secondary students in Canada
Displacement in federal transfer payments: Exploring concept and practice with special reference to the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
Survey of Canadian career college students: Phase II -- In-school student survey
The quality imperative: Match ambitious goals for college attainment with an ambitious vision for learning
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: An implementation guide for school district administrators
Leadership to enhance college access and success
Can I get a little advice here? How an overstretched high school guidance system is undermining students' college aspirations
College InSight
Student debt 101
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
Dollars and sense: How "career first" programs like Year Up benefit youth and employers
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions Fall 2008; graduation rates, 2002 and 2005 cohorts; and financial statistics, 2008
State Higher Education Finance FY 2009
Building a learning agenda around disconnected youth
The 'bottom' seventy percent: What America's elite institutions of higher learning owe to everyone else
College and university commitments to student access and success: An overview of institutional postsecondary opportunity programs
Collaborating to create change: How El Paso Community College improved the readiness of its incoming students through Achieving the Dream
Guiding the way to higher education: Families, counselors, and communities together
Help wanted: Projections of jobs and education requirements through 2018
Postsecondary institutions and price of attendance in the United States: Fall 2009 and degrees and other awards conferred: 2008-09, and 12-month enrollment 2008-09
Yes we can: The Schott 50-state report on public education and black males
Ensuring America's future: Federal policy and Latino college completion
Easy come - EZ-GO: A federal role in removing jurisdictional impediments to college education
Degree completion beyond institutional borders: Responding to the new reality of mobile and non-traditional learners
Class differences: Online education in the United States, 2010
A call for change: The social and eductational factors contributing to the outcomes of black males in urban schools
The impact of Pell grants on academic outcomes for low-income California community college students
Web tables: Choosing a postsecondary institution
Financial aid at California community colleges: Pell grants and fee waivers in 2003-04
Finishing the first lap: The cost of first-year student attrition in America's four-year colleges and universities
Up for grabs: The gains and prospects of first- and second generation young adults
Federal education tax benefits: Who receives them and to what extent do they shape the price of college attendance?
Net tuition and net price trends in the United States: 2000-2009
The CollegeKeys Compact: Getting into college: A cross-cohort examination of college preparations by lower-SES students
High school dual enrollment programs: Are we fast-tracking students too fast?
Smart spending: Reforming federal financial aid for higher education
Lifting the fog on inequitable financial aid policies: A companion brief to priced out: How the wrong financial aid policies hurt low-income students
Good policy, good practice II: Improving outcomes and productivity in higher education: A guide for policymakers
Student aid simplification: Looking back and looking ahead
Assets & opportunity scorecard
Building pathways to transfer: Community colleges that break the chain of failure for students of color
Unrealized promises: Unequal access, affordability, and excellence at community colleges in Southern California
Pell grants and the lifting of rural America's future
The roll of Pell grants in access, persistence and completion
Open educational resources: Tools to help 21st century students achieve their postsecondary eduation goals and keep America competitive
US Students in overseas degree programs: Key destinations and fields of study
Western Policy Exchanges
Poised to lead: How school counselors can drive college and career readiness
Why policymakers should care about children's savings
Trends in public higher education: Enrollment, prices, student aid, revenues and expenditures
The importance of being in school: A report on absenteeism in the nation's public schools
Stopped short: 2.1 Million adults in Florida went to college but didn't finish
The condition of education 2012 (Report)
Valuable learning or "spinning their wheels"?: Understanding excess credits earned by community college associate degree completers
Borrowers on hold: Student loan collection agency complaint systems need massive improvement
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
Financial trends in public and private nonprofit institutions
Why access matters: The community college student body
Survey of state tuition, fees, and financial assistance policies for public colleges and universities: 2010-11
Predicting success in college: The importance of placement tests and high school transcripts
Opportunity for action: Preparing youth for 21st century livelihoods
Rethinking higher education business models: Steps toward a disruptive innovation approach to understanding and improving higher education outcomes
The great cost shift: How higher education cuts undermine the future middle class
One dream, two realities: Perspectives of parents on America's high schools
State policies regarding undocumented college students: A narrative of unresolved issues, ongoing debate and missed opportunities
Postsecondary and labor force transitions among public high school career and technical education participants
Students speak! Understanding the value of HBCUs from student perspectives
Adding it all up: An early look at net price calculators
Tuition fees and student financial assistance: 2010 Global year in review
Community college students and grant aid: Bringing equity to the provision of grant aid by states and institutions
Roadmap for ensuring America's future
Why 529 college savings plans favor the fortunate
Buying college: What consumers need to know
Piling it on: The growth of proprietary school loans and the consequences for students
Service members in school: Military veterans' experiences using the post-9/11 GI Bill and pursuing postsecondary education
Which students to serve? Universal or targeted eligibility for postsecondary opportunity programs
The (un)productivity of American higher education: From cost "dis-ease"to cost effectiveness
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?
College choice process of Latino undocumented students: Implications for recruitment and retention
The advanced placement program benefits mainly well-prepared students who pass AP exams
Resisters, rejectors, and ridas: How to make urban schools work for disengaged students and critically conscious teachers
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
Cheap for whom? How much education costs taxpayers
Student debt and the class of 2010
Preserving the federal Pell Grant Program
The high cost of low graduation rates: Taxpayers lose millions
2008-09 Baccalaureate and beyond longitudinal study (B&B:08/09)
Promoting educational opportunity: The Pell Grant program at community colleges
Debt to degree: A new way of measuring college success
Veteran's education benefits: Enhanced guidance and collaboration could improve administration of the Post-911 GI Bill program
Trends in student aid 2010
Wealth, income, and academic achievement in the college-going process
The condition of education 2011
New path to federal student aid for those with no high school diploma or GED
The high school longitudinal study of 2009: A first look at Fall 2009 ninth graders
Conditional cash transfers and college persistence: Evidence from a randomized need-based grant program