The impact of Pell Grant eligibility on community college students' financial aid packages, labor supply, and academic outcomes

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Author: Park, Rina Seung Eun; Scott-Clayton, Judith


In this paper, the authors 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, the authors compare community college students just above and below the expected family contribution (EFC) cutoff for receiving a Pell Grant. Between 2008 and 2010, students just below the cutoff qualified for an average of $500 in Pell Grants. The authors find that other financial aid adjusts in ways that vary by institution: students at schools that offer...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Finance; Students; Outcomes; Participation; Providers of education and training; Research

Keywords: Financial aid; Comparative analysis; Academic achievement; Academic persistence; Completion; Labour force participation; Enrolment; Community college; Institutional role; Student behaviour

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: New York, New York: Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, 2017

Physical description: 34 p. (working paper) + 16 p. (appendices)

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Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 127.1019

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