ERIC Number: ED476437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Washington Promise Scholarship Program Evaluation.
Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
The Washington Promise Scholarship program was established to encourage excellent academic performance and to reward low- and middle-income students who demonstrate meritorious achievement in high school by providing them a 2-year scholarship. An evaluation was conducted to study the program and its impact on college attendance and student indebtedness and to determine the types of students who complete high school successfully but do not have the financial ability to attend college because they cannot get adequate financial aid. At the beginning of the study, recipients from the first 2 years had completed at least 1 year of college. As part of the study, the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board compared financial aid awards and federal Hope Tax Credits of Promise Scholarship recipients to other students. Data from a number of sources were used in the evaluation. Findings indicate that the Promise Scholarship program is effectively responding to the statutory goal of providing scholarships to low- and middle-income high school graduates. Promise Scholarship recipients who received other financial aid, on average, received more grants and borrowed less than other students in similar circumstances. It is recommended that funding for the Promise Scholarship program should support awards that are equal to full-time community college tuition, but scholarship amounts have been reduced in recent years to provide scholarships to all eligible students. An income-cutoff for eligibility would ensure that state appropriations will be provided to students from low- and middle-income families in adequate amounts. (Contains 8 figures and 30 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Higher Education, Low Income, Resource Allocation, Scholarships, State Programs, Student Financial Aid
For full text: http://www.hecb.wa.gov/docs/reports/WaPromiseEval12-2002.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington