Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Education (Ph.D)


Administrative and Instructional Leadership

First Advisor

Katherine C. Aquino

Second Advisor

Mary Ellen Freeley

Third Advisor

Stephen Kotok


Although the community college’s original intent was to fulfill a mission dedicated to offering a low-cost, high-quality education to its community, fulfilling its mission is has become more difficult based on ever-increasing financial stresses being placed upon it by various constituent groups. As such, a growing piece of the community college funding model is student tuition. In an attempt to offset the ever-increasing student financial burden, many states have initiated their own form of scholarship aid, such as the new Excelsior Scholarship Program now offered in New York State. The continued decrease in community college funding has motivated additional research to examine the potential relationship between state financing policies and student retention. This study investigated the possible relationship between scholarship receipt and retention at the post-secondary level. Specifically, this study examined the predictive influence between tuition-free college policies, such as the New York State Excelsior Scholarship Program, and student retention at a suburban community college. A logistic regression was calculated using full-time entering students in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018.