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The impact of post-admission merit scholarships on enrollment decisions and degree attainment: Evidence from randomization

Daniel Firoozi

Economics of Education Review, 2022, vol. 86, issue C

Abstract: Most colleges offer post-admission merit scholarships to attract academically-talented students ahead of enrollment deadlines. I use administrative data on one such program which was randomly assigned at a large public university to test for effects on college choice and degree completion. I find a large recruitment impact on disadvantaged students at the expense of similar in-state public colleges, with no effect on graduation rates. By contrast, there are minor negative impacts on the enrollment decisions and degree attainment of advantaged students. This heterogeneity may justify limiting eligibility for such scholarships by socioeconomic status.

Keywords: College; Low income; Merit scholarship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 I22 I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2021.102221

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