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ERIC Number: EJ726157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Student Responses to Merit Scholarship Retention Rules
Cornwell, Christopher M.; Lee, Kyung Hee; Mustard, David B.
Journal of Human Resources, v40 n4 p895 2005
A common justification for state-sponsored merit scholarships like Georgia's HOPE program is to promote academic achievement. However, grade-based retention rules encourage other behavioral responses. Using longitudinal records of enrolled undergraduates at the University of Georgia between 1989 and 1997, we estimate the effects of HOPE on course-taking, treating nonresidents as a control group. First, we find that HOPE decreased full load enrollments and increased course withdrawals among resident freshmen. Second, the scholarship's influence on course-taking behavior is concentrated on students whose predicted freshmen GPAs place them on or below the scholarship-retention margin. Third, HOPE substantially increased summer school credits.
University of Wisconsin Press, Journals Division, 1930 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711-2059. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia