Sciences and Mathematics, College of
Psychological Science, Department of
SURS Faculty Advisor
Dr. Adam Smiley
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the correlation between whether paying for college tuition can affect individual's grade point average (GPA). In previous studies, research has shown that individuals tend to perform better academically when receiving financial help vs. Individuals funded by their parents (Faulk et al., 2012). Following previous studies, most of the studies found do not focus specifically on the correlation between financial dependency when paying for college and GPA. Our study strictly focuses on the relationship between those students who do not pay for college and those who do pay for college and how those effects someone's GPA. We hypothesize that participants who pay for any part of their tuition themselves will have a higher GPA and spend more time studying than those who have third parties paying for their tuition, such as scholarships, family, and grants. The individuals involved in the sample are introductory psychology students who attend Belmont University and are participating for a class credit. Participants were asked to answer specific questions regarding financial status, GPA, time spent studying, and who is currently paying for their college tuition. Results will be presented at SURS.
Khatter, Alec; Ryan, Kailey; Zou, Jen; and Koch, Caity, "Psychology: Examining the relationship between tuition payment and academic performance through GPA." (2023). Science University Research Symposium (SURS). 100.