12/18/2012 09:12 am ET Updated Feb 17, 2013

Study Looks At Effects Of Guaranteeing Pell Grant For Low-Income Eighth-Grade Students


Early-commitment scholarships -- in which a donor offers to pay the way for a class of students to attend college, for example -- have been an occasional hallmark of philanthropy. A new study examines making a similar effort with the Pell Grant: telling low-income students as early as the eighth grade that they will receive federal help to attend college, in the hopes that it would encourage them to prepare for and pursue a postsecondary education.

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