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Mayer, Alexander K.; Patel, Reshma; Rudd, Timothy; Ratledge, Alyssa – MDRC, 2015
Performance-based scholarships have two main goals: (1) to give students more money for college; and (2) to provide incentives for academic progress. MDRC launched the Performance-Based Scholarship (PBS) Demonstration in 2008 to evaluate the effectiveness of these scholarships in a diverse set of states, institutions, and low-income student…
Descriptors: Scholarships, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Factors, Academic Achievement
Patel, Reshma; Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn; de la Campa, Elijah; Rudd, Timothy – MDRC, 2013
In today's economy, employers' demand for an educated workforce is steadily rising. Policymakers, education leaders, and communities across the country recognize the need to improve college attendance and success, but are constrained by the current budgetary environment. Meanwhile students themselves face mounting college costs, and financial aid…
Descriptors: Scholarships, Performance Based Assessment, Low Income Groups, Student Financial Aid
Patel, Reshma; Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn – MDRC, 2012
Low-income students are at particular risk of not persisting to earn a certificate or degree, often because of competing priorities, financial pressures, and inadequate preparation for college. One form of financial assistance designed explicitly to reward students' academic success is a performance-based scholarship, paid contingent on attaining…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, At Risk Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Economic Factors
Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn; Cha, Paulette; Cuevas, Monica; Grossman, Amanda; Patel, Reshma; Sommo, Colleen – MDRC, 2009
While studies have examined the relationship between financial aid and college access, few have evaluated the relationship between financial aid and academic success. Factors that are associated with financial need, such as being low income, are also associated with a lack of academic success, making it difficult to isolate the effect of…
Descriptors: Financial Needs, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Scholarships