Looking beyond Enrollment: The Causal Effect of Need-Based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation

@article{Castleman2016LookingBE,
  title={Looking beyond Enrollment: The Causal Effect of Need-Based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation},
  author={Benjamin L. Castleman and Bridget Terry Long},
  journal={Journal of Labor Economics},
  year={2016},
  volume={34},
  pages={1023 - 1073}
}
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