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Improving College Access and Success for Low-Income Students: Evidence from a Large Need-based Grant Program

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  • Gabrielle Fack

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Julien Grenet

    (PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - CNRS : UMR8545 - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC) - École normale supérieure [ENS] - Paris - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics - Ecole d'Économie de Paris)

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    Using comprehensive administrative data on France's single largest financial aid program, this paper provides new evidence on the impact of large-scale need-based grant programs on the college enrollment decisions, persistence and graduation rates of low-income students. We exploit sharp discontinuities in the grant eligibility formula to identify the impact of aid on student out-comes at different levels of study. We find that eligibility for an annual cash allowance of 1,500 euros increases college enrollment rates by up to 5 percent-age points. Moreover, we show that need-based grants have positive effects on student persistence and degree completion.

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    Keywords: Need-based grants ; College enrollment ; Student persistence ; Degree completion;

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