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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education

First Advisor

K. B. Melear

Second Advisor

David Rock

Third Advisor

George McClellan

Relational Format



This study examines the relationship of expected family contribution (EFC) with student success for 427 freshmen students enrolled at Belhaven University in the Fall of 2016 and 2017. Success is measured by grade point average (GPA) and credit hours completed during the student’s freshman year. These two critical factors are used to determine a student’s satisfactory academic process (SAP). While measuring SAP is important, the contradiction between the university SAP and the SAP required by the state of Mississippi to remain eligible to receive funding are often in conflict.

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