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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Role of Simplification and Information in College Decisions

Visit the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) site this week to read our latest quick review. These reviews give timely guidance about whether education research in the news meets the WWC evidence standards.

 

See how the WWC assessed the following study:

  

·         The Role of Simplification and Information in College Decisions: Results from the H&R Block FAFSA ExperimentThis study examined whether assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) increases college enrollment and financial aid receipt. The study authors conducted a randomized controlled trial, analyzing data on about 15,000 individuals in 156 H&R Block tax preparation offices in Ohio and North Carolina. In one condition, individuals received help completing the FAFSA and were given estimates of the amount of aid they would receive. In the second condition, individuals received an estimate of the amount of aid they would receive, but direct assistance completing the FAFSA was not given. The control group received a brochure containing basic financial aid information.
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