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The Impacts of Regular Upward Bound on Postsecondary Outcomes 7-9 Years After Scheduled High School Graduation

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Author(s): Neil Seftor; Arif Mamun; Allen Schirm

Funder(s): United States. Dept. of Education. Policy and Program Studies Service

Funder(s): United States. Dept. of Education. Policy and Program Studies Service

Topic: Education (Education financing, facilities, and equipment)
Education (Colleges and universities)

Keywords: Postsecondary Education; Student Financial Aid; Upward Bound; High School Graduation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This last report from Mathematica's evaluation of Upward Bound analyzes data from the final round of survey and transcript data collection as well as administrative records from the National Student Clearinghouse and the federal Student Financial Aid files. It provides the first estimates of the effects of Upward Bound on postsecondary completion.

The report also updates previous estimates of the program's effects on postsecondary enrollment and receipt of financial aid. Except for a statistically significant increase in the likelihood of earning a postsecondary certificate or license from a vocational school, the report finds no detectable effects on postsecondary outcomes, including enrollment, financial aid application or receipt, or the completion of bachelor's or associate's degrees. In addition to these results, the report includes the findings from extensive subgroup and sensitivity analyses.