Paying low-income students to earn a C average at community college raises attendance and grades, concludes a MDRC study. Times reports:
The program for low-income parents, funded by the Louisiana Department of Social Services and the Louisiana Workforce Commission, was simple: enroll in college at least half-time, maintain at least a C average and earn $1,000 a semester for up to two terms. Participants, who were randomly selected, were 30% more likely to register for a second semester than were students who were not offered the supplemental financial aid.
After the two-year program ended, participants were more likely to take college classes than those who received no incentives.