Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Postsecondary Attainment of the Poor
30 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2009 Last revised: 19 Jul 2010
Date Written: September 2009
We review the experimental and quasi-experimental research evidence on the causal relationship between college costs and educational attainment, with a particular focus on low-income populations. The weight of the evidence indicates that reducing college costs can increase college entry and persistence. Simple and transparent programs appear to be most effective. Programs that link money to incentives and/or the takeup of academic support services appear to be particularly effective.
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