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ERIC Number: EJ936375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
Does Merit-Based Aid Affect Degree Production in STEM Fields? Evidence from Georgia and Florida
Zhang, Liang
Journal of Higher Education, v82 n4 p389-415 Jul-Aug 2011
Since Georgia's "Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally" (HOPE) Scholarship was initiated in 1993, more than a dozen states have adopted similar state-sponsored merit-based financial aid programs. One recent concern on merit-based programs has focused on their unintended adverse effect on students' choosing science and engineering as their majors. Using the state-sponsored merit aid programs in Georgia and Florida as natural experiments, the author and colleagues examined these programs on degree production in STEM disciplines. Results suggested that in general both HOPE and Bright Future increased the production of baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields in these two states; however, results vary by state and gender. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables, and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Georgia