Multifaceted Aid for Low-Income Students and College Outcomes: Evidence from North Carolina

56 Pages Posted: 9 May 2016

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Charles T. Clotfelter

Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy; Duke University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Steven W. Hemelt

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Helen F. Ladd

Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy

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Date Written: May 2016

Abstract

We study the evolution of a campus-based aid program for low-income students that began with grant-heavy financial aid and later added a suite of non-financial supports. We find little to no evidence that program eligibility during the early years (2004-2006), in which students received additional institutional grant aid and few non-financial supports, improved postsecondary progress, performance, or completion. In contrast, program-eligible students in more recent cohorts (2007-2010), when the program supplemented grant-heavy aid with an array of non-financial supports, were more likely to meet credit accumulation benchmarks toward timely graduation and earned higher GPAs than their barely ineligible counterparts.

Suggested Citation

Clotfelter, Charles T. and Hemelt, Steven W. and Ladd, Helen F., Multifaceted Aid for Low-Income Students and College Outcomes: Evidence from North Carolina (May 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22217, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777305

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