Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Postsecondary Attainment of the Poor

"Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Postsecondary Attainment of the Poor." 2010. In Phil Levine and David Zimmerman, eds. Targeting Investments in Children: Fighting Poverty When Resources are Limited, pp. 283-302. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. David Deming and Susan M. Dynarski.

Abstract

We review the experimental and quasi-experimental research evidence on the causal relationship between college costs and educational attainment, with a particular focus on low-income populations. The weight of the evidence indicates that reducing college costs can increase college entry and persistence. Simple and transparent programs appear to be most effective. Programs that link money to incentives and/or the takeup of academic support services appear to be particularly effective.

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