Evaluating Completion Grants

Evaluating Completion Grants


A nearly $4 million Department of Education (ED) grant is enabling the Hope Center to collaborate with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), to undertake an initiative focused on small-dollar grants to help cash-strapped, low-income students complete their degrees. The five-year project is evaluating the impact of completion grants at 11 APLU member institutions.

In its first phase, the initiative examined completion grants at seven universities to assess key features of the program, including how they are targeted and delivered to students and their impact on student financial aid. The results are forthcoming in a journal article, and are discussed in this policy brief.

In the second phase, we are now working with partner institutions to conduct a randomized controlled trial of the completion grants. The grants average $1,000 range and are awarded to students nearing degree completion. Read the pre-registered evaluation plan. A full report will be produced by fall 2020.

This project is supported by the College Completion Network at the Institute for Education Sciences.

We are grateful to both our research partner, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities,
and our funder, Institute for Education Sciences, for making this work possible