When administrators at Georgia State University realized that they were restricting some 1,000 registration students each semester because they owed the university money, university leaders knew that they had to present a plan that boarded financial obstacles to finalization .

In 2011, they released the Panther Retention Songe program, which covers the unpaid balances of the students. The program is aimed at students in good academic position, with a GPA of 2.0 or more, which run the risk of removing from the registration rolls due to the outstanding debts of $ 2,500 or less. Eligible students, who have unsatisfied financial needs after exhausting all other forms of help, automatically receive the subsidy without having to apply.

"That was the impulse for the program, to try to tackle the desert of the good. Students who left us for really bad reasons, not because they did not want to be there and not because they could not be there academically, but because they did not have the money, "said Timothy Renick, executive director of the National Institute for the Success of Students in the State of Georgia.

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    Original went to the first year students when the program began, but now most go to the elderly. The administrators made this change in 2014, hoping to maximize the impact of the program by obtaining more students in the finish line so they can complete their studies and graduate in less time. In its first year, the program granted 214 grants; Since then, more than 10,000 grants have been granted.

    A recent report from the research firm, Ithaka S + R, suggests that the microgrant program helps students graduate in less time and less debt on average.

    "A program that helps students clarify that last final obstacle and helps them get their titles is important, and is the right thing," said Daniel Rossman, Heart researcher of Ithaka S + R and a Coauthor of the report report. . googleg.cmd.push (function () googleg.display ("dfp-ad-article_in_article"););

    Rossman and the other authors of the report conducted two analysis to evaluate the results of the program. An analysis compared students who received subsidies to students who did not. The other compared students with outstanding balances, which may or may not have received subsidies, students without these debts to justify the first set of findings.

    The analyzes found that subsidies helped recipients more quickly. Students who received a grant had significantly higher graduation rates than their peers within a term and three terms of obtaining the funds, although the difference in graduation rates between recipients and non-containers decreased over time.

    Students who received subsidies were enrolled by 0.44 terms less than their partners on average. The beneficiaries of the grant also accumulated $ 3,700 less than average debt, including, the debt of federal, state and institutional student loans. The report suggests that this is likely because they had to do less registration payments. When examining separately, the recipients of the GEAT subsidy and students of underrepresented fund had similar results.

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    , the findings did not definitely show if subsidies helped students to graduate that otherwise they would not have. In the second analysis of the report, there were no differences in graduation rates within six terms among students with balances and without balances.

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