Customized Nudging to Improve FAFSA Completion and Income Verification
41 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2016 Last revised: 5 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 4, 2017
Informational and behavioral barriers hinder social benefit take-up. We investigate the impact of mitigating these barriers by providing personalized information on benefits application status and minimizing barriers to receiving application assistance on whether high school seniors complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the gateway to college financial aid. With eight school districts in Texas and statewide in Delaware, we assess the impact of this outreach using experimental and quasi-experimental studies, respectively. This low-cost, data-driven strategy improves FAFSA completion and college matriculation and potentially reduces the negative consequences of additional procedural hurdles such as FAFSA income verification.
Keywords: FAFSA, Financial Aid, College Access
JEL Classification: I22, I23
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