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Paper suggests promising financial aid to middle schoolers

March 06, 2015

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education asks what would happen if we committed Pell Grant money to eighth-grade students from low-income families in order to encourage them to stay on the college path. The article points to a paper written by Robert Kelchen and UW-Madison's Sara Goldrick-Rab which examines the costs and benefits of this commitment.

Kelchen and Goldrick-Rab say the costs of the program “would be ‘more than offset’ by increased tax revenue from more people going to and finishing college.”

Robert Kelchen is an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University and an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

Goldrick-Rab is a professor of educational policy studies and sociology at UW-Madison and a senior scholar at WISCAPE. She is also the founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for Financial Security, La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Read the article.