Title

Student Perceptions of Institutional Care: Making Sense of Hardship Funding As a Retention Tool

Published In

Journal of College Student Retention-Research Theory & Practice

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

8-1-2021

Abstract

This article focuses on how a financial support initiative improved student persistence at an urban commuter institution. Existing research acknowledges that financial concerns of university students may keep them from feeling connected to their institution thereby increasing the likelihood of stopping out. There is less study of how recipients of just-in-time financial support make sense of the award—and how those perceptions may help institutions better understand recipients’ sense of belonging. Through an exploratory qualitative research study, we contribute to the retention literature broadly and specifically to the idea of student perceptions of institutional care. We also present guiding principles for creating a successful hardship initiative that supports students financially and emotionally at their most critical time.

Rights

Copyright © 2022 by SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/1521025119830945

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37552

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