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Do No-Loan Policies Change the Matriculation Patterns of Low-Income Students?

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  • Waddell, Glen R.

    (University of Oregon)

  • Singell, Larry D.

    (University of Indiana Bloomington)

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We empirically examine whether there is discernable variation in the matriculation patterns of low-income students at public flagship institutions in the United States around changes in institutional financial-aid policies that target resident, low-income students with need-based aid. While enrollment responses cannot be attributed to these programs, we do find that institutions that introduce income-targeted aid subsequently enroll financially needier and geographically more-distant students. These findings imply that "improved" access may actually displace some needy students in favor of others.

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  • Waddell, Glen R. & Singell, Larry D., 2009. "Do No-Loan Policies Change the Matriculation Patterns of Low-Income Students?," IZA Discussion Papers 4362, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    low income; financial aid; no loan; Pell;
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    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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