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Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Postsecondary Attainment of the Poor

David Deming, Susan Dynarski

NBER Working Paper No. 15387
Issued in September 2009
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We review the experimental and quasi-experimental research evidence on the causal relationship between college costs and educational attainment, with a particular focus on low-income populations. The weight of the evidence indicates that reducing college costs can increase college entry and persistence. Simple and transparent programs appear to be most effective. Programs that link money to incentives and/or the takeup of academic support services appear to be particularly effective.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15387

Published: College Aid, David Deming, Susan Dynarski. in Targeting Investments in Children: Fighting Poverty When Resources are Limited, Levine and Zimmerman. 2010

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