Institutional Grants: Investing in Student Retention and Graduation

    Vol. 35. No. 3, 2005 p. 5 

    by Ann M. Gansemer-Topf and John H. Schuh

    This study examines how institutional expenditures and grants (student financial aid) relate to retention and graduation. It looks at this relationship over a 10-year period and examines differences between institutions with low- and high-admissions selectivity standards. In general, expenditures for institutional grants positively contributed to retention and graduation rates except at high-selectivity institutions, where institutional grants did not significantly contribute to retention and graduation rates.