Financial Aid

Disruptive Competition: Online Degree Programs in the Higher Education Market

In February 2006, Congress repealed the “50 percent rule.” Originally enacted in 1992, this rule prevented undergraduate institutions from receiving...

The Impact of College Grant Aid Programs on Borrowing

Benjamin Marx and Lesley Turner use regression discontinuity to measure the impact of the Pell Grant Program on the borrowing decisions and educational attainment of college students at The City University of New York.

Does Merit-Based Financial Aid Reduce the Number of STEM Graduates?

Although ensuring access of talented individuals to higher education is of great importance, there is evidence that suggests that merit-based financial aid reduces the number of graduates in STEM fields, one of the main drivers of innovation and, thus, of economic growth.

Beyond the Classroom: How outreach and structure can improve college outcomes

New research shows that cost-effective summer counseling interventions that help students through the enrollment process significantly boosted college enrollment and persistence rates.

Core-Knowledge: Sparking Interest in College

Authors use a randomized field experiment to study the impact of college knowledge on students’ attitudes toward and interests in college.

Earning the Diploma: The Effects of Financial Aid on College Persistence

Researchers investigate if scholarship money, on top of financial aid, can encourage students to remain in college.