Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Student Institutional Debt Retention Student Success Debt Relief
Higher education costs have risen dramatically over the last forty years, leaving many students unable to pay the total cost, even after aid is applied. This results in outstanding debt to the institution they attend. This outstanding institutional debt leads to registration, and transcript holds, resulting in students' inability to continue pursuing their educational goals. Research has shown that students with outstanding institutional debt are twenty-five times less likely to persist. This study aimed to determine if there was a correlational relationship between institutional debt relief and success, with success defined as graduating, re-enrolling, or transferring during the three terms after the debt payoff. As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Higher Education institutions had the opportunity to use grant dollars to relieve students of debt accumulated during the pandemic. I use logistic regression modeling in this quantitative correlational study to predict the relationship between debt payoff status and success. Results suggest that even when a student’s outstanding debt is relieved using grants, they continue to encounter a decreased likelihood of success. My study also sought to determine if there was a correlational relationship between certain demographics such as age, gender, socioeconomic level, debt payoff, and success. This study contributed to the limited research by scholars attempting to understand the ramifications of outstanding institutional debt for students. My study also provides valuable data that may help administrators develop equitable policies relating to past-due student accounts.
Perez, Robert, "Relieving Students' Institutional Debt and Student Success: A Correlational Study" (2023). Culminating Projects in Higher Education Administration. 68.