How Students Make College Decisions: The Role of Family, School and Financial Aid Provision

April 3, 2020

This project aims to better understand how students make decisions about what to pursue after high school, and the role of family, school, geographic context, and available financial aid in shaping those decisions. The research will consist of interviews with 50 University of Michigan students and their parents who live in cities in Southeast Michigan or suburban and rural areas outside Southeast Michigan. 

The U-M students selected to participate in the study will be recipients of free tuition and scholarship offers, including the HAIL scholarship and Go Blue Guarantee. The study will test the mechanisms that influence students’ college decisions, like personalized offers compared to general information and an unconditional promise of a four-year full scholarship compared to eligibility for free tuition.

Susan Dynarski, U-M School of Education; School of Public Policy; and College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences