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ERIC Number: ED563210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
How Late Is Too Late? The Influence of Summer Outreach on FAFSA Completion and College Enrollment for the Uncommitted High School Graduate
Owen, Laura; Bettinger, Eric; Long, Bridget Terry; Oreopoulos, Phil
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Despite increases in postsecondary enrollment at American universities and colleges, there are still significant gaps in who matriculates to college and persists through graduation. Low-income students and students of color continue to be underrepresented in institutions of higher education; for many of these students, a lack of awareness of available financial funding options remains a substantial barrier to college entry and completion. This study investigates whether, among students who begin the summer without firm college plans in place and who have yet to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the proactive offer and provision of individualized school counselor support leads to improved rates of FAFSA completion and timely college enrollment. The research was conducted across three large urban school districts, Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), Dallas Independent School District (DISD), and Denver Public Schools (DPS). All three districts serve predominantly low-income Hispanic students. Data come from the U.S. Department of Education's FAFSA completion database and the National Student Clearinghouse database to quantify the impact of summer outreach on FAFSA completion and college enrollment for students who graduated from high school uncommitted to attend college. At the time of this report, the research team is currently working with participating districts to gather de-identified data so they can begin the intervention analysis, looking specifically at any differences between treatment and control group for FAFSA completion and FAFSA initiations. Research and evaluations will be presented at a later date.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; New Mexico; Texas