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

Charles T. Clotfelter, Steven W. Hemelt, Helen F. Ladd

NBER Working Paper No. 22217
Issued in May 2016, Revised in June 2017
NBER Program(s):Economics of Education

We study the evolution of a campus-based aid program for low-income students that began with grant-heavy financial aid and later added a suite of non-financial supports. We find little to no evidence that program eligibility during the early years (2004-2006), in which students received additional institutional grant aid and few non-financial supports, improved postsecondary progress, performance, or completion. In contrast, program-eligible students in more recent cohorts (2007-2010), when the program supplemented grant-heavy aid with an array of non-financial supports, were more likely to meet credit accumulation benchmarks toward timely graduation and earned higher GPAs than their barely ineligible counterparts.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w22217

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