Financial Dependents and Head of Household
Relatively few lower division respondents (12.5%) indicate having financial dependents compared to those in the upper division (41.5%) and post-baccalaureate respondents (48.3%). This is fairly intuitive since the number of financial dependents is related to age. Interestingly enough, half of the lower division respondents that are 30 years or over say they have financial dependents, yet this figure goes down to only 30.9% for upper division respondents in this age category. For younger categories, the figures are more consistent.
Head of Household
The intent of the question, “Are you a single head of household” was to ascertain if the student was the only parent or guardian of the household. However, judging from the high number of affirmative responses, it is apparent that respondents simply responded affirmatively if they viewed themselves as the head of their household. The results from another question regarding the number of financial dependents corroborate this. Thus, the analysis below assumes this interpretation of the question.
Relatively few lower division respondents indicated that they are the head of their household (18.2%) compared to those in the upper divisions (43.3%) and post-baccalaureate division (52.5%). A breakdown by sex shows that responses from male undergraduates (34.0%) and female undergraduates (38.2%) indicate similar experiences as being the head of their household as do male post-baccalaureates (50.0%) and female post-baccalaureates (51.9%).