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ERIC Number: ED562816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Performance-Based Scholarships: Replication at Six Sites Using Randomized Controlled Trials
Mayer, Alexander
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Performance-based scholarships were developed to help tackle some of the financial obstacles facing students in the postsecondary education system. In general, these scholarships aim to help reduce the financial burdens of low-income college students, and are structured to help incentivize good academic progress. Performance-based scholarships were evaluated in six states across the U.S. with eight educational institutions and one state-level intermediary. The postsecondary institutions involved were all community colleges or non-selective four-year colleges, all of whose populations contain predominantly low-income students. The studies each use a random assignment research design, the "gold standard" in program evaluation. The study results reported performance-based scholarships are a promising way to tie additional financial aid to academic benchmarks and improve outcomes for low-income students. These studies showed that performance-based scholarship programs can be replicated in diverse contexts across the United States and that they work for different types of students in these settings: the scholarships generally have positive impacts on students' academic performance. Together these trials produce highly reliable estimates of the impacts of performance-based scholarships. Tables are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
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