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Student Services, Financial Aid, and Other Supports

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Success in college requires more than academic skills. Our researchers study nonacademic factors that influence success as well as student support services such as counseling, success courses, and online registration and advising systems. We also study the effects of student employment and financial aid on student outcomes.


How do financial aid, merit scholarships, and employment affect student experiences and outcomes?

What are the nonacademic skills, behaviors, and experiences that contribute to college persistence and completion? CCRC studies the nonacademic aspects of the student experience—such as student engagement and relationships with peers and instructors—that are vital to academic success.

CCRC studies counseling, advising, student success courses, and other services that aim to help students complete college and embark on careers.

Community colleges are increasingly employing online technologies to streamline and improve registration, academic planning, and advising. CCRC examines the extent to which students use these technologies and how they can be designed to maximize their usefulness.

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Featured Publication

What We Know About Nonacademic Student Supports

This practitioner packet summarizes CCRC and other research on nonacademic student supports and makes recommendations on how to implement a system of nonacademic supports that will have more sustained impacts on student success.

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