A4: Education

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The complexity and inconvenience of the federal financial aid application in the United States may deter many students from applying for the financial support they need to attend college, contributing to the enrollment gap between high- and low-income individuals. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), contains more than 100 detailed questions on topics including earnings, savings, government benefits, parental education attainment, and drug convictions. In the following video, Prof. Eric Bettinger presents an evaluation testing whether assistance could increase the number of applicants filing the FAFSA, ultimately helping more students get a college education.

Please answer the assignment based on the reading for this lecture.
Deadline: Wednesday, November 4 at 15:15.

Please connect to my Zoom (link in Absalon) on Wednesday, November 4 at 15:15.

Group 4 summarizes the three papers you have to read for today. Remeber you have to read all the papers before the lecture and prepare your questions for the group.
I expect an active discussion about each paper: ask all the questions you have (concepts, method, analysis, etc.) and disccuss the implications of these papers.

Jan will present the findings of Bettinger et al. (2012), which found that when low income individuals get assistance and a streamline process to complete the FAFSA (US college financial aid application forms), the FAFSA submissions increase and also the likelihood of collage attendance, persistence and aid receipt. He will discuss about the intervention itself and the important results following from this intervention.

Francisco will discuss Mayer et al. (2015), which performed an intervention to get parents to read to their children. He will briefly refresh the biases playing a role in this context, and also spend time on the method which some view as controversial due to the possibility of substitution effects and usage of electronic tools.

Nurit will present the findings of Alan et al. (2019), which found that an educational intervention that aimed to fostered grit in school children was successful in getting kids to exert more effort, persevere and even show improved performance. She will discuss the concepts of grit and growth mindset, present the intervention and discuss the results and implications.


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For helping you summarize the material I link a summary of paper 1 (here), of paper 2 (here) and of paper 3 (here). I am also adding a video (below) about grit discussed in paper 3.

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