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Impacts of state aid for non-traditional students on educational and labor market outcomes

Up to three-fourths of college students can be classified as “non-traditional”, yet whether typical policy interventions improves their education and labor market outcomes is understudied. I use a regression discontinuity design to estimate the impacts of a state financial aid program aimed towards non-traditional students. Eligibility has no impacts on degree completion for students intending to enroll in community colleges or four-year colleges but increases bachelor’s degrees for students interested in large, for-profit colleges by four percentage points. I find no impacts on employment or earnings for all applicants. This research highlights challenges in promoting human capital investment for adults.

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10.26300/c8qq-4y75

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Gurantz, Oded. (). Impacts of state aid for non-traditional students on educational and labor market outcomes. (EdWorkingPaper: -150). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/c8qq-4y75

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