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Advisory Committee Chair

Peter Jones

Advisory Committee Members

Nevbahar Ertas

Akhlaque Haque

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2018

Degree Name by School

Master of Public Administration (MPA) College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

People that obtain a college degree or certification are more likely to have an enhanced quality of life in areas of physical, mental, and financial well-being. The College Promise program promotes college enrollment by offering need-based scholarships with hopes that all students can obtain at least a two-year degree. Several scholars have examined the pre- and post-enrollment effects of College Promise programs on a per program basis, but no nationwide study exists that examines pre- and post-enrollment of institutions that award the scholarship. To determine the enrollment effect of College Promise programs, I examine the post-effect of enrollment among the award availability categories using a differences-in-difference model. When examining years when financial aid data were collected, the highest increase in total enrollment were among institutions that granted statewide and area-specific scholarships. This type of institution increased enrollment. Schools that exclusively granted statewide scholarships also increased in comparison to pre-College Promise enrollment averages. This shows that the College Promise programs have an effect, but the program availability type is particularly relevant.

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