Providing incentives for timely progress toward earning a college degree: results from a performance-based scholarship experiment

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This paper presents effects after five years of a performance-based scholarship offered to low-income entering freshmen at the University of New Mexico, a medium-sized public university. The VISTA program, which was evaluated using a randomized controlled trial, provided eligible students with up to $1,000 in additional aid per semester for four semesters, conditional on enrolling for a minimum number of credit hours and maintaining a minimum [grade point average] GPA. The program also offered enhanced academic advising. The findings show that the program led to small increases in credit...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Equity; Higher education; Finance; Outcomes; Students; Evaluation; Participation

Keywords: Socioeconomic background; Funding; Subsidy; Financial aid; Program evaluation; Completion; Attainment

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: [New York, New York]: MDRC, 2015

Physical description: [40] p.

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Resource type: Working paper

Document number: TD/TNC 121.95

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