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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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