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ERIC Number: EJ1195463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
The Impact of Pell Grant Eligibility on Community College Students' Financial Aid Packages, Labor Supply, and Academic Outcomes
Park, Rina Seung Eun; Scott-Clayton, Judith
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v40 n4 p557-585 Dec 2018
In this article, we examine the effects of receiving a modest Pell Grant on financial aid packages, labor supply while in school, and academic outcomes for community college students. Using administrative data from one state, we compare students just above and below the expected family contribution cutoff for receiving a Pell Grant. We find that other financial aid adjusts in ways that vary by institution: Students at schools that offer federal loans borrowed more if they just missed the Pell eligibility threshold, but at other schools, students were instead compensated with higher state grants. Focusing on the loan-offering schools, we find suggestive evidence that receiving a modest Pell Grant leads students to reduce labor supply and increase enrollment intensity. We also provide indirect evidence that students' initial enrollment choices are influenced by an offer of Pell Grants versus loans.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C110011