Using Multiple Discontinuities to Estimate Broad Effects of Public Need-Based Aid for College

This study measures how the price of college affects college attainment for low-income students.

Federal and state governments spent $39 billion on grants to low-income college students in school year 2014--15, but evidence is mixed regarding the effects of government aid programs on college attainment.

No study has isolated effects of public need-based aid for students with the lowest incomes and greatest financial need.

The Wisconsin Grant, a state-funded program, offers financial aid to students based on a measure of family income.

This research seeks to identify the impacts of financial aid, with attention to application dates.


Drew Anderson


Active through August 31, 2017

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