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PEDAR: Executive Summary Undergraduates with Higher Sticker Prices
Introduction
Student Characteristics
Finances
Influences
Academic Differences
Satisfaction
Persistence
Conclusion
Research Methodology
References
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Influences


Four influences differentiated full-time, first-year undergraduates with higher sticker prices from those with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities. First, one-half of the full-time, first-year undergraduates with higher sticker prices indicated that institutional reputation was a reason for enrolling compared with 41 percent of those with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities. The second factor was receiving more financial aid. Twelve percent of the full-time, first-year undergraduates with higher sticker prices indicated that the receipt of more financial aid was a reason for enrolling compared with 6 percent of those with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities. Third, faculty reputation was identified as an influence by 7 percent of the full-time, first-year undergraduates with higher sticker prices compared with 2 percent of those with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities. The fourth influence was the job placement rate. Five percent of the full-time, first-year undergraduates with higher sticker prices said job placement was an important consideration compared with 1 percent of those with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities.

Four influences differentiated full-time, first-year undergraduates with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities from those with higher sticker prices. First, 31 percent of full-time, first-year undergraduates with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities indicated that being close to home was an important influence compared with 17 percent of those with higher sticker prices. The second factor was low tuition. Ten percent of the full-time, first-year undergraduates with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities indicated that low tuition was important compared with 1 percent of those with higher sticker prices. Third, 8 percent of those with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities indicated that friends or a spouse attending the school influenced their decision to enroll compared with 3 percent of those with higher sticker prices. The fourth factor was the option to live at home, which was a reason given by 5 percent of the full-time, first-year undergraduates with sticker prices below $12,000 in public research universities compared with 2 percent of those with higher sticker prices.

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