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Johnson, Iryna – Research in Higher Education, 2022
When institutions introduce financial aid policies, researchers have an opportunity to study these policies within the framework of a natural experiment. For this methodological note, I use a natural experiment that occurred at the public university when institutional scholarship for all first-time freshmen meeting a minimum high school grade…
Descriptors: Merit Scholarships, School Holding Power, Student Financial Aid, College Freshmen
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Kopotic, Katherine; Mills, Jonathan N.; Rhinesmith, Evan – Higher Education Politics & Economics, 2021
While the popularity of state-financed merit-based scholarships has increased since the 1980s, policymakers struggle to maintain these programs because of growing costs. Some have tried to manage this tradeoff through eligibility changes or award amounts; however, little empirical research exists on the effectiveness of these changes. We add to…
Descriptors: Merit Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Students, Enrollment
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Birch, Matthew; Rosenman, Robert – Research in Higher Education, 2019
Merit aid is an increasingly important component of college scholarships, but policymakers are concerned that merit aid is often given to students who would enroll anyway. As a baseline we use a regression discontinuity (RD) framework to test an institution-level merit aid program at a public research university and find that the merit aid program…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, College Attendance, Enrollment, College Students
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Erwin, Christopher; Binder, Melissa – Education Finance and Policy, 2020
We use the natural experiment of a state lottery scholarship to measure the effect of generous financial aid on graduation rates at New Mexico's flagship public university. During the study period, the scholarship program paid full tuition for eight semesters for any state resident earning a 2.5 grade point average in their first semester at any…
Descriptors: Merit Scholarships, State Aid, Public Colleges, Graduation Rate
Westrick, Paul A.; Marini, Jessica P.; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2020
This report examines the value of SAT scores for determining merit-based scholarship decisions as well as admission to highly selective academic programs such as honors programs or colleges. Results show that the SAT is a highly effective tool for predicting students' chances of earning a first-year grade point average (FYGPA) of 3.00 or higher…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Merit Scholarships, Decision Making, Competitive Selection
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Kiewra, Kenneth A.; Rom, Brittany A. – High Ability Studies, 2020
To gain a deep and integrative understanding of the conditions associated with academic talent development, a cross-case qualitative study was conducted wherein six National Merit Scholars and their parents were interviewed. Findings from each case study pertaining to home, school, and personal conditions were revealed. Cross-case analysis…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Merit Scholarships, Talent Development, Family Environment
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LaSota, Robin R.; Polanin, Joshua R.; Perna, Laura W. – Grantee Submission, 2022
The purpose of this study was to report on the effects of a comprehensive set of postsecondary grant aid programs on outcomes from initial college enrollment to post-college employment, based on a systematic review of the literature from January 2002 to January 2020. Studies that used randomized-controlled trials, regression discontinuity designs,…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Student Financial Aid, Grants, Outcomes of Education
Delisle, Jason D.; Christensen, Cody – American Enterprise Institute, 2019
There is widespread concern in the policy community that colleges and universities are increasingly shifting their financial aid budgets to favor students from high-income families. Observers often argue that institutions of higher education are offering more merit aid to the most affluent students, leaving less aid for their low-income peers. To…
Descriptors: Merit Scholarships, Advantaged, Tuition, Expenditure per Student
National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs, 2020
Each year, National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) completes a survey regarding state-funded expenditures for postsecondary student financial aid. This report provides data regarding state-funded expenditures for student financial aid and illustrates the extent of efforts made by the states to assist postsecondary…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Grants, State Aid, Student Loan Programs
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Whatley, Melissa – Research in Higher Education, 2019
This study employs difference-in-differences estimation to explore the relationship between the implementation of state merit-aid programs and students' participation in study abroad. The relationship between implementation of these financial aid programs and study abroad participation has not been tested explicitly in prior policy or education…
Descriptors: State Aid, Merit Scholarships, State Programs, Study Abroad
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Kramer, Dennis A.; Ortagus, Justin C.; Lacy, T. Austin – Research in Higher Education, 2018
The notion of merit-aid is not a new development in higher education. Although previous researchers have demonstrated the impact of state-adopted merit-aid funding on student decision-making, fewer studies have examined institutional pricing responses to broad-based merit-aid policies. Using a generalized difference-in-difference approach, we…
Descriptors: Tuition, Student Financial Aid, Higher Education, Merit Scholarships
Burd, Stephen – New America, 2020
This report analyzes data from 2001-2017 to examine public four-year universities' spending on financial aid dollars--specifically between non-need-based and need-based aid. Our researcher found that these universities have spent nearly $32 billion of their own financial aid dollars on students who lack financial need, according to an analysis New…
Descriptors: Enrollment Management, Public Colleges, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Expenditures
Nocivelli, Megan – ProQuest LLC, 2019
Higher Education is facing an increasingly competitive marketplace with high tuition prices, consumers are pushing back on rising tuition prices and choosing community and state colleges. A shortage in the traditional college age student population, has compounded the enrollment problem at small, private colleges. Most private colleges are…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Intuition, Small Colleges, Private Colleges
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Gurantz, Oded; Odle, Taylor K. – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2022
We replicate and extend prior work on Florida's Bright Futures merit aid scholarship to consider its effect on college enrollment and degree completion. We estimate causal impacts using a regression discontinuity design to exploit SAT thresholds that strongly determine eligibility. We find no positive impacts on attendance or attainment, and…
Descriptors: Merit Scholarships, College Choice, Educational Attainment, State Programs
Angrist, Joshua; Autor, David; Pallais, Amanda – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2020
Financial aid from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) provides exceptionally generous support to a college population similar to that served by a host of state aid programs. In conjunction with STBF, we randomly assigned aid awards to thousands of Nebraska high school graduates from low-income, minority, and first-generation college…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Merit Scholarships, Philanthropic Foundations, Graduation
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