Scaling Success: Social Belonging and Values Affirmation Increase Postsecondary Persistence
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Preliminary results suggest that the intervention helped students retain $95 of their financial aid refund on average, representing over $500,000 in total savings for students at the college. Efforts to assemble data on student “total financial aid” (including both Pell grants and student loans) are ongoing with the help of college staff. Final results with full financial and academic data from spring 2015 are expected later in fall 2015. Results from this work suggest the importance of communication for financial aid departments, as well as a cost-effectve method for helping students retain aid and register for the correct courses. Further research should investigate the most effective channels for delivery of these messages, and whether variations in these messages can produce additional impact.
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