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ERIC Number: ED567201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Reference Count: 12
"Aid Like a Paycheck: Engaging with Policymakers and Practitioners to Evaluate and Improve Financial Aid"
Weissman, Evan; O'Connell, Jesse
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
"Aid Like A Paycheck" is a large-scale pilot evaluation of whether an innovative approach to disbursing financial aid can improve academic and financial outcomes for low-income community college students. Lessons from the pilot evaluation were used to create and fine-tune a logic model depicting activities, outputs, mediators, and hypothesized outcomes from the program. The logic model informed the development of a mixed method evaluation that included a randomized control trial (RCT), qualitative research, and a student survey. This paper discusses feedback from policymakers, practitioners, and financial aid students that helped to shape the design of this financial aid intervention and of its rigorous research model. Findings may be used to make financial aid programs more cost-effective for students, colleges, and federal and state governments. Tables and figures are appended.
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Expenditures, Low Income Students, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Mixed Methods Research, Program Evaluation, Delivery Systems, Money Management, Randomized Controlled Trials, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
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