Adult Students More Likely to Persist with Appropriate Supports

Adult students are more likely to persist in college if given counseling and advising support combined with financial aid. A recent community college demonstration project that provided low-income parents $1,000 scholarships if they maintained at least half-time enrollment and a "C" average showed that investments in adults pay off. The students were more likely to enroll in college full-time, passed more courses and earned more credits than those who did not participate in the project.

Source: Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Thomas Brock, Allen LeBlanc, Christina Paxson, Cecilia Elena Rouse, and Lisa Barrow, Rewarding Persistence Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents, MDRC, January 2009.

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