More than Dollars for Scholars: The Impact of the Dell Scholars Program on College Access, Persistence and Degree Attainment

75 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2016 Last revised: 10 Oct 2017

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Lindsay C. Page

University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Stacy Kehoe

Education Northwest

Benjamin Castleman

University of Virginia

Gumilang Aryo Sahadewo

Universitas Gadjah Mada - Faculty of Economics and Business

Date Written: October 9, 2017

Abstract

Socioeconomic inequalities in college completion have widened over time. A critical question is how to support low-income and first-generation students to achieve college success. We investigate one effort, the Dell Scholars Program, which provides a combination of financial support and individualized advising to selected students who attend institutions throughout the US. Using two quasi-experimental analytic strategies, regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences with a matched comparison sample, we find consistent evidence that being selected as a Dell Scholar leads to substantially higher rates of bachelor’s degree completion within six years as well improvements on multiple other measures of college success.

Keywords: college completion, low-income students, scholarship, college advising

JEL Classification: I21

Suggested Citation

Page, Lindsay C. and Kehoe, Stacy and Castleman, Benjamin and Sahadewo, Gumilang Aryo, More than Dollars for Scholars: The Impact of the Dell Scholars Program on College Access, Persistence and Degree Attainment (October 9, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2726320 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2726320

Lindsay C. Page (Contact Author)

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Stacy Kehoe

Education Northwest

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Benjamin Castleman

University of Virginia ( email )

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Gumilang Aryo Sahadewo

Universitas Gadjah Mada - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

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Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281
Indonesia

HOME PAGE: http://sahadewo.wordpress.com

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