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Crafting A Class: The Trade Off Between Merit Scholarships and Enrolling Lower-Income Students

Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Liang Zhang, Jared Levin

NBER Working Paper No. 11437
Issued in June 2005
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Our paper uses institutional-level panel data to testwhether an increase in the number of institutionally funded National Merit Scholarship (NMS) winners at an institution isassociated with a reduction in the number of Pell Grant recipients at the institution. We find that, other factors held constant, an increase in the share of institutionally funded NMS winners in an institution's first-year class is associated with a reduction in the share of Pell Grant recipients among the institution's undergraduate student body and that the magnitude of this relationship is larges at the institutions that enroll the greatest number of NMS students.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w11437

Published: Ehrenberg, Ronald G., Liang Zhang, and Jared M. Levin. "Crafting a Class: The Trade-Off between Merit Scholarships and Enrolling Lower-Income Students." The Review of Higher Education 29, 2 (Winter 2006): 195-211.

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