Rewarding Persistence: Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents

167 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009

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Lashawn Richburg-Hayes

MDRC

Thomas Brock

MDRC

Allen LeBlanc

San Francisco State University

Christina H. Paxson

Princeton University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Cecilia E. Rouse

Princeton University - Industrial Relations Section; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Lisa Barrow

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

This report describes the impacts of a performance-based scholarship program with a counseling component on academic success and persistence among low-income parents. Students who participated in the program, which was operated at two New Orleans-area colleges as part of MDRC's multi site Opening Doors demonstration, were more likely to stay in school, get higher grades, and earn more credits.

Keywords: financial aid, community college, single mothers

Suggested Citation

Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn and Brock, Thomas and LeBlanc, Allen and Paxson, Christina H. and Rouse, Cecilia E. and Barrow, Lisa, Rewarding Persistence: Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents (January 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1353360 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1353360

Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (Contact Author)

MDRC ( email )

200 Vesey Street
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Thomas Brock

MDRC ( email )

200 Vesey Street
10281
United States

Allen LeBlanc

San Francisco State University ( email )

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
United States

Christina H. Paxson

Princeton University ( email )

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Princeton, NJ 08544
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609-258-6474 (Phone)
609-258-5974 (Fax)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cecilia E. Rouse

Princeton University - Industrial Relations Section ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08544-2098
United States
609-258-4042 (Phone)
609-258-2907 (Fax)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Lisa Barrow

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States
312-322-5073 (Phone)
312-322-2357 (Fax)

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