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Author(s):Cornwell, C., Lee, K., and Mustard, D
Title:The effects of merit-based financial aid on course enrollment, withdrawal, and completion in college
Short Description:Using data extracted from the longitudinal records of all undergraduates who enrolled at the University of Georgia between 1989 and 1997, this paper estimates the effects of HOPE on course enrollment, withdrawal and completion, and the diversion of course taking from the academic year to the summer.
Annotation:Since Georgia unveiled its HOPE Scholarship in 1993, at least 15 other states have implemented or proposed merit-aid programs based on the HOPE model. A common justification for these actions is to promote and reward academic achievement, thereby inducing greater investments in human capital. However, grade-based eligibility and retention rules encourage other behavioral responses. Using data extracted from the longitudinal records of all undergraduates who enrolled at the University of Georgia between 1989 and 1997, this paper estimates the effects of HOPE on course enrollment, withdrawal and completion, and the diversion of course taking from the academic year to the summer, treating non-residents as a control group.
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Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
Merit-based Aid

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