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Pell Grants as Performance-Based Aid? An Examination of SAP Requirements in the Nation’s Largest ‘Need-Based’ Aid Program

Date and Time: December 05, 2014
Location: Washington, DC
Venue: American Council on Education

This presentation drew from literatures on performance-based funding and academic probation to consider the potential implications of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies on student outcomes for Pell Grant recipients. Lauren Schudde described federal guidelines and illustrated how SAP is evaluated in a statewide community college system. To understand the prevalence and effects of SAP failure, she used state administrative data with term-by-term measures of Pell receipt, student grades, and attempted and earned credits to take a closer look at SAP failure and patterns of early college persistence, degree attainment, and transfer.

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Lauren Schudde
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center

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