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ERIC Number: ED472387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
The Consequences of Merit Aid. JCPR Working Paper.
Dynarski, Susan
Since the early nineties, a dozen states have established broad-based merit aid programs. The typical program waives tuition and fees at public colleges and universities in one's home state. Unlike traditional merit programs, such as the National Merit Scholarship, this aid requires relatively modest academic performance and provides scholarships to hundreds of thousands of students. This paper examines how merit aid programs in seven states have affected an array of schooling decisions, paying particular attention to how the effects have varied by race and ethnicity. It finds that the new programs typically increase the attendance probability of college-age youth by five to seven percentage points. The merit programs also shift students toward four-year schools and away from two-year schools. The Georgia HOPE Scholarship, which has been found to widen racial gaps in college attendance is atypical in its distributional impact, with the other states' programs tending to have a more positive effect on the college attendance rate of Blacks and Hispanics. The paper attributes HOPE's unique distributional effect to its relatively stringent academic requirements and a recently-eliminated provision that channeled the most generous scholarships to higher-income students. (Contains 29 references.) (SM)
University of Chicago, Joint Center for Poverty Research, 1155 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Tel: 773-702-0472; Fax: 773-702-0926; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Poverty Research, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia