FACT SHEET: Going Beyond Free College

Author: Celeste Carruthers, Emily Pratt

Publication Date: February 14, 2024

College coaching and completion grants were available to some Tennessee community college students starting in Fall 2018. We study how supplemental coaching and grants are associated with persistence into a second year of college or receipt of an early college credential in the first year. We find that students who connected more often with their coaches were significantly more likely to re-enroll in college for a second year or complete an early credential. Students who received supplemental grants, often for emergencies or unanticipated expenses, were not more or less likely than others to persist into a second year of college or earn an early postsecondary credential.

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