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 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 SECTION 1: DEMOGRAPHICS

 SECTION 2: OPINIONS

 SECTION 3: REASONS


SECTION 2: OPINIONS ON FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


Please indicate whether you Strongly Agree, Agree, Somewhat Agree, Somewhat Disagree, Disagree or Strongly Disagree with the following statements:

 
21. Financial aid is available to students with financial need.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 38.7%
Agree 32.6%
Somewhat Agree 20.5%
Somewhat Disagree 3.2%
Disagree 3.4%
Strongly Disagree 1.7%

71% Strongly Agree or Agree that financial aid is available to those in need; 21% Somewhat Agree with this statement. Of the remaining 8% who disagree with this statement, about 2% Strongly Disagree.


 
22. Before I applied to my UH campus, I had adequate information about what financial aid is.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 20.0%
Agree 38.4%
Somewhat Agree 28.7%
Somewhat Disagree 6.3%
Disagree 4.9%
Strongly Disagree 1.7%

More than half (58%) Strongly Agree or Agree that they had adequate information about financial aid. Another quarter (29%) Somewhat Agree with this statement. The remaining 13% disagree.


 
23. Before I applied to my UH campus, I had adequate information about how to get financial aid.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 17.2%
Agree 35.3%
Somewhat Agree 29.5%
Somewhat Disagree 8.3%
Disagree 7.1%
Strongly Disagree 2.7%

More than one-half (53%) Strongly Agree or Agree that they had access to information prior to applying to their respective UH campus. Another third (30%) Somewhat Agree. The remaining 18% disagree.


 
24. The cost of attending of my UH campus is high for me.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 23.0%
Agree 24.4%
Somewhat Agree 31.6%
Somewhat Disagree 11.3%
Disagree 8.0%
Strongly Disagree 1.7%

Slightly less than one-half (47%) indicated they Strongly Agree or Agree that the cost of attending their UH campus is high for them. One-third (32%) Somewhat Agree while the remaining 20% disagree to varying degrees.


 
25. Financial aid makes a significant difference in what a student pays for college.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 57.2%
Agree 29.8%
Somewhat Agree 10.3%
Somewhat Disagree 1.4%
Disagree 0.8%
Strongly Disagree 0.4%

87% Strongly Agree or Agree that aid makes a significant difference in what a student pays for college. 10% Somewhat Agree with this statement. Only 3% disagree.


 
26. Information about the various types of financial aid is readily available.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 16.4%
Agree 38.4%
Somewhat Agree 29.6%
Somewhat Disagree 10.3%
Disagree 3.8%
Strongly Disagree 1.5%

More than one-half (55%) of respondents Strongly Agree or Agree that information on various types of aid are readily available. Another 30% Somewhat Agree with this statement. The remaining 16% disagree to varying degrees.


 
27. Receiving financial aid would require accepting too many loans.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 6.5%
Agree 14.7%
Somewhat Agree 28.5%
Somewhat Disagree 25.2%
Disagree 19.1%
Strongly Disagree 6.1%

Respondents shared mixed opinions about this statement, with 50% agreeing and the other 50% disagreeing.


 
28. Receiving financial aid requires a high GPA or standardized test scores.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 5.8%
Agree 17.8%
Somewhat Agree 29.2%
Somewhat Disagree 18.9%
Disagree 19.5%
Strongly Disagree 8.7%

Responses were split on this statement, with slightly more than half (53%) agreeing to some extent that receiving financial aid requires a high GPA or standardized test scores. The largest group (29%) only Somewhat Agree with this statement while 19% Somewhat Disagree. 18% Agree and another 20% Disagree.


 
29. I believe more financial aid is given to those with high GPA's and test scores.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 11.5%
Agree 22.0%
Somewhat Agree 24.5%
Somewhat Disagree 17.2%
Disagree 15.5%
Strongly Disagree 9.3%

Compared to the previous statement, a slightly larger percentage (58%) agree to some extent that more aid is awarded to those with high GPAs and test scores. One-fourth (25%) Somewhat Agree and nearly another fourth (22%) Agree. One-third Somewhat Disagree or Disagree. 12% Strongly Agree with this statement while 9% Strongly Disagree.


 
30. I do not believe I am eligible for financial aid.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 5.2%
Agree 9.3%
Somewhat Agree 10.2%
Somewhat Disagree 15.9%
Disagree 28.6%
Strongly Disagree 30.8%

One out of every four respondents believes to some extent they are not eligible for aid. 5% Strongly Agree, 9% Agree, and 10% Somewhat Agree. The remaining 75% disagree with this statement to varying degrees. 31% Strongly Disagree, 29% Disagree, and 16% Somewhat Disagree.


 
31. Being a financial aid recipient would be embarrassing to me.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 0.4%
Agree 0.7%
Somewhat Agree 2.1%
Somewhat Disagree 4.4%
Disagree 23.6%
Strongly Disagree 68.7%

Only 3% indicated being a financial aid recipient would be embarrassing to them. Most respondents (92%) Disagree or Strongly Disagree with this statement.


 
32. The financial aid application (FAFSA) is worthwhile to complete.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 56.4%
Agree 24.4%
Somewhat Agree 13.4%
Somewhat Disagree 3.2%
Disagree 1.7%
Strongly Disagree 0.9%

More than half of respondents (56%) Strongly Agree that completing the FAFSA is worthwhile. Another one-fourth (24%) also Agree and 13% Somewhat Agree. The remaining 6% disagree to some extent.


 
33. The tuition and fees of my campus were affordable enough without financial aid.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 2.7%
Agree 10.7%
Somewhat Agree 19.9%
Somewhat Disagree 19.0%
Disagree 23.0%
Strongly Disagree 24.9%

Two out of every three respondents disagree to some extent that tuition and fees at their campus were affordable without aid. The largest groups Strongly Disagree (25%) or Disagree (23%) while an additional 19% Somewhat Disagree. By contrast, 20% Somewhat Agree that tuition and fees were affordable enough without aid.


 
34. The deadlines and suggested deadlines to apply for financial aid are reasonable.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 14.4%
Agree 45.4%
Somewhat Agree 27.7%
Somewhat Disagree 7.3%
Disagree 4.1%
Strongly Disagree 1.1%

Most respondents (88%) agree to some extent that the deadlines and suggested deadlines are reasonable. Among those, the largest group Agree (45%) with this statement.


 
35. The timing of financial aid notification deters students from attending college.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 4.0%
Agree 9.3%
Somewhat Agree 25.6%
Somewhat Disagree 28.4%
Disagree 26.6%
Strongly Disagree 6.0%

The responses to this statement were somewhat mixed, with about one-fourth either indicating they Somewhat Agree (26%), Somewhat Disagree (28%), or Disagree (27%).


 
36. Parents/counselors/teachers/others provide enough help for students to apply for aid.
Opinion % of Respondents
Strongly Agree 15.5%
Agree 36.5%
Somewhat Agree 29.8%
Somewhat Disagree 10.7%
Disagree 4.9%
Strongly Disagree 2.6%

82% agree to some extent that enough help is provided for students to apply for aid. Among them, 16% Strongly Agree, 37% Agree, and 30% Somewhat Agree. 11% Somewhat Disagree about the level of support available from parents/counselors/teachers/others.