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Degree Completion and Retention of At-Risk Students

APLU and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) are pushing for change in higher education to prevent more low-income at risk students from being derailed by unmet need as they near degree completion.

Determined to prevent low-income college students nearing graduation from dropping out, the USU/APLU’s Office of Urban Initiatives today released this report and implementation guide detailing how universities can use micro-grants to ensure such students complete their degree.  Foiling the Drop-Out Trap, Completion Grant Practices for Retaining and Graduating Students details the success of these micro-grant student aid programs at 10 public urban research institutions. A key element of the report is a how-to manual designed to help campuses and stakeholders explore, replicate, or scale similar retention and completion grant programs on campuses across the country.  

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APLU and Urban Serving Universities have awarded grants totaling $450,000 to nine public urban research universities to launch or expand completion and retention grant pilot programs to graduate more low income students.

The nine institutions participating in the two year project are: Cleveland State University, Florida International University, Kent State University, The Ohio State University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Central Florida, University of Houston, University of North Carolina, Charlotte and Wayne State University.

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