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ERIC Number: ED544792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-
WWC Review of the Report "Looking beyond Enrollment: The Causal Effect of Need-Based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation." What Works Clearinghouse Single Study Review
What Works Clearinghouse
The 2013 study, "Looking Beyond Enrollment: The Causal Effect of Need-Based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation," examined whether eligibility for the Florida Student Access Grant (FSAG), a need-based grant for low-income students in Florida, affects college enrollment, credit accumulation, persistence over time in college, and, eventually, graduation from public 2-year or 4-year institutions or private colleges in the state of Florida. The study included over 45,000 seniors in Florida public high schools. To measure grant eligibility impacts, researchers analyzed data from the Florida Department of Education K-20 Data Warehouse and the Florida Resident Assistance Grant database. According to study findings, grant eligibility had no significant effect on postsecondary enrollment up to 7 years after high school graduation. However, grant-eligible students did accumulate more college-level credits 4 years after high school than students who were not eligible. Grant eligibility did not increase the probability that students earned an associate degree within 5 years, but did have a positive impact on earning a bachelor's degree within 7 years after high school. This study employed a well-executed regression discontinuity design and meets What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) pilot regression discontinuity standards without reservations. Appended are: (1) Study details; (2) Outcome measures for each domain; (3) Study findings for each domain; and (4) Supplemental findings by domain. A glossary of terms is included. [The following study is the focus of this review: Castleman, B. L., & Long, B. T. (2013). "Looking Beyond Enrollment: The Causal Effect of Need-Based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation" (NBER Working Paper 19306). Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved from http://www.nber.org (ED544793).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Florida
IES Funded: Yes