Capacity and Administration of Scholarships at Public Universities

Topics: Financial Aid, Enrollment Management, Administration and Finance

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Public universities divide responsibility for scholarship allocations among central administrative offices as well as academic departments. Specialization in these units provides flexibility to recruit and retain a high caliber class, but a lack of communication can lead to inefficiency and poor service to students. This report profiles the capacity, division, and assessment of scholarships at seven public universities, and recommends strategies to encourage cooperation and collaboration in scholarship policy across the university.

Research Questions

  • What kinds of scholarships (e.g., merit-based, need-based, retention awards) are offered to students?
  • Who oversees the budgeting and allocation of scholarships, and what is the motivation and rationale behind this administrative structure?
  • How do contacts assess the effects of scholarship distributions (e.g., on recruitment, retention, or diversity)?