This report presents the findings from the first long-term experimental evaluation of a need-based financial aid program, the privately funded Wisconsin Scholars Grant.
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Experimental Evidence on the Impacts of Need-Based Financial Aid: Longitudinal Assessment of the Wisconsin Scholars Grant
This report from MDRC presents the findings from the Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment intervention study, which used a randomized controlled trial to test two interventions, behavioral insights and a financial incentive, to encourage community college students to take summer classes.
When students struggle academically, schools often try to help them by placing them on academic probation. The challenge lies in how to inform students of this status in a way that helps them feel motivated and supported, rather than crushed and ashamed. The College Transition Collaborative (CTC), a nonprofit research center based at Stanford University, has found a way to write a probation notification letter that is sensitive to the psychological experience of students. Developed by the College Transition Collaborative in collaboration with our network's Growth Mindset research team, this course is designed to help college administrators communicate more effectively around academic probation in a way that intentionally addresses the worries and concerns students have when being placed on probation.
This report from the National Center for Education Statistics provides a data set on institutional characteristics for the 2020-21 academic year, college completions from July 2019 -June 2020, and 12-month college enrollment for the 2019-20 academic year.
This blog from our network research team at RAND Corporation and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) uses data from a randomized controlled trial at five community colleges in Texas to show how corequisite remediation could support students who are suffering from COVID-19 school closure-induced learning loss.
One Year Later: Relationship Between 2015–16 Bachelor’s Degree Recipient Enrollment in Further Education and Pell Grant Receipt
This report from the National Center for Education Statistics examines enrollment and financial aid status for students pursuing further education the year after earning bachelor's degrees. This report compares students who had a Pell Grant as an undergraduate and those who did not.