Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Schmidt


Educational equality has been an important and relevant issue in recent years, especially as tuition increases at colleges and universities make it increasingly difficult for low and middle-income families to afford education for their children. There are even more issues of educational equality that come into play once a student matriculates at a chosen school. This paper focuses on this area, expanding on existing literature that details family income’s impact on undergraduate behavior. Academic pursuits have been a topic for prior research in this area, but this paper also models extracurricular behavior as a function of family income. Results show that income does play a role in student decision-making, but it does not seem to place lower-income students at any disadvantage to their peers.

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Economics Commons