Monday, May 9, 2016

Aid for Low-Income Students and College Outcomes: Evidence from North Carolina

Launched in 2004, the Carolina Covenant combines grant-heavy financial aid with an array of non-financial supports for low-income students at an elite public university. 

A new study finds that the program increased four-year graduation rates by about 8 percentage points for eligible students in the cohorts who experienced the fully developed program. 

There is also evidence of positive effects on persistence to the fourth year of college, cumulative earned credits, and academic performance. 

Aid programs targeting low-income, high-ability students are most successful when they couple grant aid with strong non-financial supports.

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