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Early Bird Gets the Worm? The Implication of Application Deadlines on the Distribution of State Grant Aid

  title={Early Bird Gets the Worm? The Implication of Application Deadlines on the Distribution of State Grant Aid},
  author={Kelli A. Bird},
Given recent trends of rapidly increasing tuition prices, stagnant college graduation rates for low-income students, and a widening employment and earnings gaps between college and high school graduates, ensuring that low-income students access and succeed in higher education is critical to mitigate income inequality and improve social mobility. While the research on the effectiveness of financial aid at increasing college enrollment and graduation is promising, if a goal of financial aid is to… Expand
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