March 5, 2020

Mark Long: Promises of College Financial Aid Yield Benefits… But Maybe Not the Intended Impacts

Washington State’s College Bound Scholarship program offers a promise of financial aid to middle school students who pledge to do well and stay out of trouble in high school. In a series of recent papers, including one forthcoming in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Mark Long and co-authors, including Evans MPA alum Jordan Rooklyn, find only limited evidence that the program shifts behavior or leads more students to college degrees. Instead, the program appears to benefit students who would have likely attended college anyway.