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Scholarships360 Student Financial Confidence Index (May 2023)

Welcome to the May installment of the Scholarships360 Student Financial Confidence Index, a monthly gauge of student confidence in paying for college.

As a reminder: our goal with this index is to provide a periodic measure of how confident students are in paying for college, so that we and others can examine correlations between that measure and other factors in students’ lives over time.  

Each month we send students using Scholarships360 one simple question via our scholarship newsletter, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you in paying for college?” Note that this is not a scientific survey and is intended for informational purposes only.

About the data

Scholarships360 students come from all 50 states and represent a diverse cohort of people, but they are not representative of the overall U.S. student population.  Scholarship360 students are more likely to be first generation (48% identify as first-gen), low-income (60% identify as low-income), and from historically underrepresented populations (49% identify as Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino).

While more than 250,000 students use Scholarships360 as registered account users, many students may not have seen the survey invitation and participation is voluntary.

In second survey, in May 2023, we had a total of 170 respondents:

The mean confidence score from all respondents in May was 4.06 out of 10. This was a n=increase of .37 versus the survey results in April 2023. Going forward, we will to track the overall monthly mean confidence score, to provide an ongoing, longitudinal picture. 

Looking at the results by grade level shows some variation in confidence by student age and academic level:

Finally, to provide a sense of the distribution of results, we organized the confidence scores into three categories: high (8-10), medium (6-7), and low (1-5). 

Next Steps & Feedback

In the months to come, we look forward to expanding this dataset and providing new and interesting insights.  In the meantime, we welcome your feedback and questions.  Please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

You can also see the previous months below:

March 2023

April 2023