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Aid after enrollment: Impacts of a statewide grant program at public two-year colleges

Drew M. Anderson and Goldrick-Rab, Sara

Economics of Education Review, 2018, vol. 67, issue C, 148-157

Abstract: Most students who begin at community colleges do not finish with a degree. The net price of college commonly shifts after enrollment, and there is little evidence on how these shifts affect two-year degree completion. This study provides evidence on the impacts of a private program that offered supplemental grant aid to students with demonstrated financial need, who were already enrolled at public two-year colleges in Wisconsin. An evaluation using a randomized control group and data from over 4,000 students in multiple cohorts, fails to confirm substantial increases in persistence or degree completion caused by the grant program. We highlight some features of implementation that added complexity and may have reduced the effectiveness of the grant program.

JEL-codes: I22 I23 I24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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