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College Enrollment and Mandatory FAFSA Applications: Evidence from Louisiana

Barriers to accessing financial aid may keep students from matriculating to college. To test whether FAFSA completion is one of these barriers, I utilize a natural experiment brought about by a Louisiana mandate for seniors to file the FAFSA upon graduation from high school. Exploiting pre-treatment FAFSA completion rates as a treatment intensity in a dosage differences-in-differences specification, I find that a 10 percentage point lower pre-treatment FAFSA completion rate for a school implies a 1 percentage point larger increase in post-mandate college enrollment.

Keywords
FAFSA, Financial Aid, College Enrollment
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/m28g-5v80

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Deneault, Christa. (). College Enrollment and Mandatory FAFSA Applications: Evidence from Louisiana. (EdWorkingPaper: 21-425). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/m28g-5v80

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