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Looking beyond Enrollment: The Causal Effect of Need-Based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation

Ben Castleman () and Bridget Long

Journal of Labor Economics, 2016, vol. 34, issue 4, 1023 - 1073

Abstract: The government has attempted to ameliorate gaps in college access and success by providing need-based grants, but little evidence exists on the long-term impacts of such aid. We examine the effects of the Florida Student Access Grant (FSAG) using a regression-discontinuity strategy and exploiting the cut-off used to determine eligibility. We find that grant eligibility had a positive effect on attendance, particularly at public 4-year institutions. Moreover, FSAG increased the rate of credit accumulation and bachelor’s degree completion within 6 years, with a 22% increase for students near the eligibility cut-off. The effects are robust to sensitivity analysis.

Date: 2016
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