College Summer School: Educational Benefits and Enrollment Preferences
32 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020 Last revised: 3 Jun 2021
Date Written: June 1, 2021
We experimentally examine whether a policy targeting college summer school enrollment can accelerate degree progress and completion. We randomly assign summer scholarships to community college students and find a large impact on degree acceleration, increasing graduation within one year of the intervention by 32% and transfers to four-year colleges by 58%. We elicit preferences for the scholarships and find that treatment effects are concentrated among students with a preference against summer school. Our results suggest that educational impacts do not drive enrollment preferences. And, that many more students could benefit from summer school than the minority who currently enroll.
Keywords: summer school, free tuition, field experiment, community college
JEL Classification: I23, C93
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