Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
The nature of understanding both federal financial aid and accreditation processes may be complex. Both approaches involve complicated terminology that is not easily understood. In the United States, state governments have responsibility for education oversight, but their work is informed by the federal government. It is essential for students to understand federal aid and accreditation, especially for those who wish to consider options following high school that may lead to a college pathway. Research has shown that students who reside in rural areas may not have the same access to information as their peers in other locations. This Dissertation in Practice explains how 43 high school websites were reviewed for information regarding federal student aid and postsecondary accreditation information. The paper concludes with a Rural Educator’s Toolkit that includes content for students, parents, and educators. The Toolkit provides useful information on federal student aid, postsecondary accreditation, and preparing for college.
Lefor, Valerie, "Rural States’ Use Of Federal Government Terminology Related To Federal Student Aid And Postsecondary Accreditation: A Toolkit To Support Information Access And Use For Rural Students" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 4351.
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